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06-12-2005, 11:10 AM
hi all my friends
i saw this nice and fantastic pic and i like it sooooooo much and i must admit that the photographer of this pic is avery creative man.
and here is the pic http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=109220
so the question is wat is the use of the first car after the norfolk southern loco and the final car after the new GEs locos?
waiting to hear soon from all of yurs:)
mohamed :D

06-12-2005, 12:36 PM
This is gondola. I am not sure but it is probably as protective car.
Similar situation is in Poland, where every tank train has protective car behind locomotive (it can be gondola, flat car or any unloaded car)
Here you can see 3 photos of tank trains from Poland (with protective car)



bnsf sammy
06-12-2005, 02:50 PM
ya and the back gondola is for no trains can smash into it from the rear...hopefully :smile:

06-14-2005, 10:11 PM
We have a sulfur train that has a covered hopper of the chemical to neutralize sulfuric acid, should a spill occur, and it also acts as the buffer car.


06-14-2005, 10:35 PM
thanks all for the replay
i were thought that the use of this tow cars was for keeping the locos in balance at the curves.
so i changed it to be for the save of the new locos
mohamed :D

06-14-2005, 11:11 PM
ya and the back gondola is for no trains can smash into it from the rear...hopefully

If the train was rear ended, I honestly don't think a gon would help much.

06-22-2005, 12:24 AM
They did this awhile back in my area.The Co-op ordered chemicals for farmer's fields and they put a flat bed behind the engine with 2 tank cars behind the flat bed. If an eastbound train somehow entered the siding it would hit the flat bed and maybe it wouldn't destroy the tank car.Since the siding is long a train in emergency could avoid damage to the tank car by hiting the flat bed at slower speeds but could still derail all the cars but not tip them over.If the flat bed was gone the train would hit the tank car and cause enough damage to make it leak.