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Old 04-15-2019, 08:55 AM   #31
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28-footers
I'm accumulating containers from various sources, and I've stumbled across some 28-footers.
I'm not sure if I've seen them roll by in prototype... (if I have, I didn't notice).
Not sure how to place these.

I guess according to the 40-foot standard, they'd need to go solo underneath any longer ones, or butted against a 20-footer for a 48' length.

I've heard of them, but never seen one. I think they were a non-standard size that was fairly short lived in some particular area or service. (Domestic only)

They would obviously not be able to stack on top of longer containers, just like 20' cans, since as discussed the mounting points are set for stacking 40' cans.

They would also NOT fit into a standard 48' well, since the mounting points for a 40' container are centered, so you actually have 4' on each end of the 40', so no, you can't put a 20+28 into a standard 48' well. They could fit into a 53' well, but not a 48'.
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Have forgotten who started them, but they were made to fit in 56' well cars which also carried 20' through 53' cans. See them here:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rsL...=DTTX&aid=S714
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Right, they of course would not fit into a 53' well.

I'd never actually seen a 56' well before.
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In some trains I observe, I sometimes see as many as a dozen empty cars here-and-there in random order.
What's up with that?
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Possible reasons:

- there weren't enough container to fill up all the wells, and remember many of the cars are 3-5 unit sets
- rebalancing empty cars that might have been needed at the destination for loads in the other direction
- as to ordering, remember that trains are blocked by *destination*, not loads/empties
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In some trains I observe, I sometimes see as many as a dozen empty cars here-and-there in random order.
What's up with that?
Seems it would depend on where you're making these observations. If on the end points, they didn't have enough cans or pigs to load all the wells. If in between it could be the cans or pigs were unloaded & the wells sent on.
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Yep, that all makes sense.
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I'm noticing a lot of 20' & 40' containers with Oriental & European names and symbols.
My guess is they're coming in through New York and/or Norfolk International.

I'm also spotting half a dozen different road names on well-cars, but I haven't noticed any NS, and as far as I know there aren't any.
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