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busyEMT
04-15-2004, 07:36 PM
Is road railer service proprietary? I never see them through the Twin Cities. How safe are they? Are there any close up pictrues of the way they are connected? Very interesting to say the least.

Ween
04-16-2004, 05:44 AM
Are there any close up pictrues of the way they are connected?

Funny, I was wondering the same thing. I searched the database and didn't see any. They just look weird...

J
04-16-2004, 01:36 PM
You asked, so here you go:

RoadRailer equipment is manufactured by Wabash National. See link.

http://www.wabashnational.com/products/roadrailer/


The technology has been around since the ealy 1950's but only began to take off about 20 years ago. Several railroads offer the service - mostly NS and BNSF. ATK was a heavy user but is getting out of the "express" business so their RoadRailer business will either go away or be confined to mail service.

Here is a buff site covering BNSF's service
http://www.qstation.org/BNSF_Triple_Crown/


There is a rumor that Triple Crown service will be expanded to Minneapolis in the next few months.

busyEMT
04-16-2004, 02:55 PM
I like that Q Station site. Thanks for reminding me about it. Great references... all questions answered.

Overnight I remembered seeing a few roadrailers clingning to the back of the Empire Builder. But seeing a unit train or TCS will be cool.