View Full Version : double stack in baltimore?

10-02-2004, 10:11 PM
i was just wondering if anyone can fill me in on double stacks in baltimore. i heard from quite a few people that they aren't allowed to run them due to height restrictions in the tunnels and i never saw one in almost 2 years until about 2 weeks ago coming through the howard street tunnel.

Wade H. Massie
10-19-2004, 05:28 PM
CSX can clear some doublestacks in Baltimore, but they can't clear the higher types. Anything going through Howard St. is to or from Seagirt, the Philly sub has clearance restrictions that prevent any type of doublestack equipment. For years, when CSX was still running the Q135 and Q136, these trains would never have doublestacks, but the 137 and 138 would have a few. You'll also note that none of the RF&P trains have doublestacks - the tunnel in DC is the major clearance problem on this corridor.


11-21-2004, 02:32 PM
When you guys refer to "double stacks" you are talking about the cargo boxes that they get off of the ships right?

I am just starting to learn all the train lingo, so please forgive me.... :(

Wade H. Massie
11-22-2004, 05:52 PM
Here's a photo of a doublestack train:
The term refers to shipping containers stacked two high, or "doublestacked" on an intermodal train. Some of these containers come from ocean going ships, others are domestic. The containers are very versatile, they can be used on trucks, trains, and boats.