Old 01-16-2015, 01:51 PM   #1
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Default Unusual buffer car on an oil train

I just witnessed an oil train on Norfolk Southern's Conemaugh line go through with a loaded coal car being used as a buffer car between the engines and the tank cars. I always thought the buffer was part of the unit tank train and stayed with the train from its origin to its final destination. Now I have to change my thinking.

Does anyone else have any comments about this?
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:17 PM   #2
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It depends on the originating railroad, and circumstances outside of control. The fleet buffer car may have suffered a defect which required removing it, or several thousand other reasons. Anything is possible when railroads are involved.

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Old 01-16-2015, 08:27 PM   #3
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It depends on the originating railroad, and circumstances outside of control. The fleet buffer car may have suffered a defect which required removing it, or several thousand other reasons. Anything is possible when railroads are involved.

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Pretty much nailed it. Especially the last sentence!
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