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I decided to try a couple 40' well cars. I just wanted to share a couple photos and welcome comments if anyone is interested.


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I decided to try a couple 40' well cars. I just wanted to share a couple photos and welcome comments if anyone is interested.


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Nice pictures. Scenery etc..(y)
I don't know, but to me it looks funny having the longer container on top of the smaller one.
 
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Nice pictures. Scenery etc..(y)
I don't know, but to me it looks funny having the longer container on top of the smaller one.
Good observation Big Ed. I see some stack trains West of here, and they are always the same length top & bottom.
I have one more well car and one 40' corrugated container. I was going to get another 40' for stacking that, or just leave the single.

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It might look funny, but it is done…..all the time….

The main reason they do this is because some well cars cannot accommodate larger containers in their wells. 90% of the worlds containers are 20′ or 40′. Larger sizes in North America are domestic containers. As a result many “well cars”, especially earlier ones, are only built to 40′. Placing the larger container on top allows a well car to carry a container it couldn’t normally.
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Well, still looks funny to me.:)
It looks like they just clear the tunnel and bridge?
 
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Well, still looks funny to me.:)
It looks like they just clear the tunnel and bridge?
The tunnel and bridge, those obviously are all scratch built, and I went a little beyond NMRA clearances. So those containers are both high-cube, and have roughly 8mm of clearance left over.

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Nice job, and what I can see of your layout that looks nice too.
 
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Thank you kindly, Big Ed.

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Just looked at your other pictures, yes, nicely done. (y)
 
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The connection points are standardized at the 40' length, even for longer containers, so you can stack any combination of 40/45/48/53' containers on top of each either. Having longer containers on top overhanging the ends of the car is extremely common and done every day.

The only thing you can't do is stack 20' containers on top of longer containers, as there's no securement points in the middle of the long container. 20' containers are bottom-position only.
 

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Funny they put the 2 20' containers at the bottom and in a 53 well car too. Must be because of the support nubs on the Schneider 53' are only on the 40' interval...:unsure:
Yes. You CANNOT stack 20's on top of longer containers since there's no securement points.

Also 20' containers basically have the same weight rating as a longer container, so 2x20' can be a lot heavier than 1x40 etc. So loaded 20's on top could be top-heavy.

20's are always found in the bottom position.
 
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