Old 04-26-2006, 03:45 AM   #1
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I was with my N scale club last weekend at a show in Winslow, AZ. We got to talk with alot of BNSF train crews through out the weekend.

One engineer who was looking at our Ntrak layout noticed that one of our club members trains was not right.

It was a stack train with some JB Hunt containers on it. The engineer brought it to our attention that JB Hunt has stated in its contract that all JB Hunt containers be placed on the top of every stack train.

Our club member had a couple of these on the bottom and another company on top.

So the JB Hunt rule is that all JB Hunt containers are on top but if they are stacked two in a well car (JB on top and bottom of each other) that is ok.

What is you guys opinion on this. Since the BNSF line was near our hotel we looked at about 10 trains and couldnt find a JB Hunt on the bottom.

Is this real, anyone have any thing to add?
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:08 AM   #2
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It is quite common for containers from one shipper will be grouped on the top. For Instance, I see whole trains of Hyundai Merchant Marine containers all on the top and just about everything else on the bottom. Also, it can be common for whole trains to be dedicated to one shipper.
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:13 AM   #3
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well i know about whole trains being dedicated to one shipper, but you would think for crane operators that making sure every JB Hunt was on the top would slow progress or be a real pain.
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But if they are paying a premium for a simple request (demand?), why not!?!
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Here's some further proof:
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I notice that too. The Z-CHCPTL and Z-CHCSSE trains have alot of JB Hunt trailers and I do notice that they are placed on the top.
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I have heard this also that all JB Hunt trailers must be on top, unless another JB Hunt trailer is on top of that one.
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Old 05-12-2006, 01:26 PM   #8
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JB Hunt and Schneider are among the largest motor carriers (and intermodal shippers) in the US. They have purchased thousands of "domestic" 53-foot containers and configured their businesses to accomodate rail shipments long before the current fuel cost increases and driver shortages became wide spread.
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I Dont Know The Rule But I Always See Them On Top So I Thank It Is The Rule
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Old 05-13-2006, 06:30 PM   #10
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Well it makes sense, since they are not the railroads containers. But i just found it pretty astonishing that a company would do such thing. Its probably easyer since JB Hunt isnt a world company, meaning those containers dont see ships, they stay in the US.
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Maybe it has something to do with first off - first out, onto the road?

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Old 05-16-2006, 12:07 AM   #12
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Maybe they don'y want to chance anything in the containers getting damaged by putting anything too heavy on top.
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They may be empty as well.

The red Hub Group? containers may be loaded while the Hunt ones are empties.

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