cars on siding

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Nomad, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Hello all:wave:
    I have been driving by these for a year or better and finally took some pics after I noticed the name on one of the cars. The one marked Morrison-Knudsen. I found this Washington Group International - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and started thinking this car might have been used to help build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline:eek:. I don't know if that is the owner or not, but it interested me. i thought you might like to see them.



    Loren

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  2. Gary S.

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    Very neat, Loren. Those things have quite a bit of graphitti.
  3. kutler

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    Dreadnought ends?

    The hopper car in the center foreground appears to be a hopper with dreadnought ends!? , like a boxcar end, on one side.

    Do you have any other photos of this car?

    Regards

    Kutler
  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    actually,a few of those cars have dreadnaught ends :eek:,thats pretty weird right there! thanks for postin pics :thumb:.--josh
  5. nachoman

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    They look like some kind of ballast car. It's weird how each end of the car is very different-one looking like a hopper and the other looking more like a boxcar with a platform. Two thigns should be noted: Ballast cars spend most of their time parked. And anything that sits in the same prominent location with minimal surveillance will eventually get tagged.

    Kevin
  6. Nomad

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    Guys, I am really sorry I never answered back. I actually forgot about these pictures. ( Massive senior moment ):oops:
    I will be going by there today and try to get better pictures. The property is posted so I can not get any closer, But I will do the best I can.

    Loren
  7. Greg Elems

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    Those look like they've been rebuilt and modified with the box car type ends. Interesting cars for sure. Be sure to post any additional pictures, different angles and such.

    Cheers,
    Greg
  8. Nomad

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    Ok guys, this the best I could get. I had to stay on the side of the road in a ditch to keep off the property.
    To me it looks like the cars were rebuilt with a covered platform on one end with ladders.

    Loren

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  9. Nomad

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    And two more.

    Loren

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    Those sure are unique cars...!! Never seen anything like it. And the grafitti is quite spectacular...although I don't condone it, some of those guys sure have a knack for it...
  11. nachoman

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    it looks like there is some kind of door in the side near the platform end. They almost look like a regular hopper, with one end cut off flat, and an extension added to the top.

    Kevin
  12. Floyd

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    Loren thanks for sharing the great pictures:thumb:
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    I'm sure they are ballast hoppers, but on further examination, I wonder if they didn't start life as coal hoppers. they appear to have been cut in half to make 2 shorter cars out of one long one and then the dreadnought end of an old boxcar used to cover the open end.
  14. Nomad

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    I never thought about that. Then I wonder why they put a covered platform on the end?

    Loren
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    If they were used to build the Alaska pipe line, would they have wanted to keep the snow out of the ballast? They may have covered the entire hopper for that purpose, or it may be that they were putting a protective cover over some sort of operator's platform.
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    Loren,
    Did you reduce the size of the pics to post them here? Any chance you could email me full size images?
    Dave
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    Dave, I did reduce them so I could post here, but I still have the originals. Most are sized 1024x763. If you pm your email, I will send them as soon as I can.

    Loren
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    Charlie, I have looked those cars over with binoculars, and with the graffiti and rust I can't see much. The best I could get was th ed on one side. The th ed is separated by about a foot.

    Loren
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    Loren,
    Where are these cars located? What is the name of the road nearest where they are parked? Still doing more research...! Thanks!
    Dave
  20. Nomad

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    Hey Dave:wave:
    The cars are located about one mile south of the intersection of 176 st e. & Canyon rd. e. WA. I had a brainstorm and looked on Google earth and it looks like they are covered ! You will see 5 cars on the left hand side of the road.

    Loren