Tank car unit train Added: April 26, 2010
Location/Date of Video
» Norfolk Southern ( ) more.. » GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW) ( ) more..
» Oliver Township Park ( ) more.. » Newport, Pennsylvania, USA ( ) more.. » July 13, 2009
Locomotive No./Train ID
» NS 9292 ( ) more.. » Unknown
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Remarks: NS 9292 GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW) and 2591 EMD SD70M leading an eastbound unit tank car train. Why do these trains have a hopper at each end? If any one knows why, please comment and say why.
on April 27, 2010 Donald Faris
The Hopper is to protect the crews from the hazard if there is a derailment. There must be pushers added some where with the hopper on the rear.
on April 27, 2010 Bulldog
The hopper cars at each end are used as buffer cars. Most railroads will not run without them following the Baltimore deal some years back.
on April 27, 2010 Hasten Sanders
Federal Law requires at least one buffer car (unless you have 5 non hazmat cars in the train then you must have 5)
between the hazmats and locomotives. Also one on the rear if you have to have pusher service. These appear to
be ethanol cars.
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