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 Tank car unit trainAdded: April 26, 2010 

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Locomotive Details 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
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NS 9292 (more..)
James Burlington (more..)
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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.
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  User Comments on this Video (3)

Posted by Donald Faris on April 27, 2010

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.

Posted by Bulldog on April 27, 2010

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.

Posted by Hasten Sanders on April 27, 2010

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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