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A Railfan in Brazil
I found this strange BNSF-929999 car at Park Water yard in Spokane WA in July 14, 2011 during a trip with a friend. The photo was taken inside the car in late afternoon. I am wondering about this car. What does BNSF use it for?:confused:


The Herder Himself
Fire prevention/protection during the summer. As you can see in the photo, there are two platform's by the bulkhead where personel can operate the monitors to spray water on trackside brush fires. Under one platform is equipment and a pump(s) to supply the water. There's also some hose reels to deploy hoses to fight fires from the ground.

They also have a fleet of modified tank car's, some equipped with fittings to transfer extra water to cars such as this. Other's with pumps, hose reel's and fire monitor's to be used on thier own. Some were existing water service cars, a few were converted at the Balmer (Seattle) Car Shop were retired fuel service cars juding by the stenciling that was painted over.

If RRF member Kevin M is still watching the forum, he's a Spokane guy and can probably shed more light on how they use it.

Kevin M

New Member
I have never seen the Spokane car used. It has moved around the yard a little. I have used a fire car out of Pasco though. The one I used is a old white tank car, I think it was a CB&Q car at one time. It had a small generator on it that powered a pump that they had a fire hose attached to. The MOW guys met us on line, hooked up the hose and sprayed away for a hour or two getting all the hot spots next to the tracks.
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