Boeing Train

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WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
Coming to work this morning, I saw a BNSF train in the Murray Yard with 4 737's on it getting ready to make its run northbound. It was on an inner track so I couldn't make it out entirely but I believe it had 2 units on the front and 1 DPU bringing up the rear.
 

80ktsClamp

Da Hudge
Boeing is actually constantly making the airframes, so there should be a fairly constant flow of them. The order book goes for a number of years in the future.

What a crappy, horrible cockpit to fly in, though. :)
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
Ryanair (crap company actually) bought 175 of them. It was announced a few days ago. Even before this huge order though, I see Boeing trains very regularly going into and out of Murray Yard in N KC. Does anyone know the route those trains go? Do they ever end up on the Sandhills sub?

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RacerTodd

New Member
From what I've read, the current production rate is 35 per month. They're in the process of ramping up to 38 a month this year and up to 42 a month by 2014.

So right now they need around 9-10 fuselages per week.

They're booked up to like 2016 with current orders (something like 2000 planes), then the 737-Max starts production around 2017, so there will be years and years of 737's on the rails.

Todd
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Monday (3/25) I saw four fuselages + parts cars on the head of a southbound (tt/west) freight. Sorry, no photos.
 

Ballard Beaver

ballard beaver
Ryanair (crap company actually) bought 175 of them. It was announced a few days ago. Even before this huge order though, I see Boeing trains very regularly going into and out of Murray Yard in N KC. Does anyone know the route those trains go? Do they ever end up on the Sandhills sub?
i dont know the sandhills sub, but i think they go through denver via lincoln, then up through cheyenne, laurel, missoula, spokane, and across the mountains to everett/seattle.
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
i dont know the sandhills sub, but i think they go through denver via lincoln, then up through cheyenne, laurel, missoula, spokane, and across the mountains to everett/seattle.

That would make sense. I thought I had seen someone post that they got pictures of the Boeing train near Aurora, NE. Also, where they leave the yard in KC is on the St. Joseph sub. Maybe they go up towards Lincoln, NE, catch the Hastings sub westbound and then onto Denver and north from there?
 

papio

Active Member
Coming back from North Platte Railfest two years ago, I caught a wb at Broken Bow NE with a couple of fuselage loads. Broken Bow is on the Ravenna Sub. Also, they do come up the Napier Sub from KC to the BNSF Creston Sub and west to Lincoln NE.
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
Coming back from North Platte Railfest two years ago, I caught a wb at Broken Bow NE with a couple of fuselage loads. Broken Bow is on the Ravenna Sub. Also, they do come up the Napier Sub from KC to the BNSF Creston Sub and west to Lincoln NE.
Ha! That's funny you just posted this as I just found the picture on railpictures.net of a Boeing train outside of Grand Island on the Ravenna Sub. I'm guessing that Broken Bow is on the west end of Ravenna before it turns into the Sandhills sub. With this info, I assume it's safe to say that BNSF runs some high priorities like the Boeing train thru Alliance, NE?

Just found another pic with empty Boeing cars that is definitely on the Sandhills Sub.
 

Railfan40

New Member
I am actuallly from Ansley Nebraska (just putting in my four years at Iowa State) which is 16 miles east of Broken Bow and 30 miles west of Ravenna and I used to see it come through quite a bit. Most of the line is coal but there's a little bit of a mix of freight.
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
I am actuallly from Ansley Nebraska (just putting in my four years at Iowa State) which is 16 miles east of Broken Bow and 30 miles west of Ravenna and I used to see it come through quite a bit. Most of the line is coal but there's a little bit of a mix of freight.
That's why I found it interesting that they ran the airframes up the Sandhills Sub. That sub is probably 98% coal and it'd be cool to see those airframes riding the rails across the gorgeous countryside.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Bridge and tunnel clearances are factors in determining the routing of the 737 fuselages. Early this year or late last year some fuselages were getting scraped in transit. Boeing ran a business car behind the fuselages to monitor the cars and attempt to find where the scraping occurred.
 

Railfan40

New Member
That's why I found it interesting that they ran the airframes up the Sandhills Sub. That sub is probably 98% coal and it'd be cool to see those airframes riding the rails across the gorgeous countryside.
That is something I always took for granted, I never took any pictures of it going through because you know hey no big deal it goes through every week or so. I'll just have to take the time to get it this summer. Sadly I'll never get a picture of the "vommit bonnet" though since it's getting repainted. I've seen that thing probably at least 8-10 time in my lifetime and actually thought it was actually an alright looking locomotive. But again it was always eh it'll come through again. lol Shame on me.
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
That is something I always took for granted, I never took any pictures of it going through because you know hey no big deal it goes through every week or so. I'll just have to take the time to get it this summer. Sadly I'll never get a picture of the "vommit bonnet" though since it's getting repainted. I've seen that thing probably at least 8-10 time in my lifetime and actually thought it was actually an alright looking locomotive. But again it was always eh it'll come through again. lol Shame on me.
I feel the same about the vomit bonnet in the sense that it's so ugly that it's neat looking. I saw it a few months back sitting in the yard here in KC. Unfortunately, there's nowhere to stop as the highway next to the tracks doesn't even have a shoulder to pull over onto. There's always neat things sitting in that yard but no real area to get good pictures.

Found another pic of the Boeing train on the Sandhills sub with a neat lash-up because of the Ferromex unit in the mix.
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
Bridge and tunnel clearances are factors in determining the routing of the 737 fuselages. Early this year or late last year some fuselages were getting scraped in transit. Boeing ran a business car behind the fuselages to monitor the cars and attempt to find where the scraping occurred.
I saw those pics of the cameras sitting on the flatcar. Was that your picture set?

Also, can anyone tell me what's in the big containers next to the 737 fuselages? Engines?
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
I saw those pics of the cameras sitting on the flatcar. Was that your picture set?
Those weren't my photos.
Also, can anyone tell me what's in the big containers next to the 737 fuselages? Engines?
Are you are asking about those large boxcar red things at the end of the flat cars? I don't know specifically what is in them, I just assumed they carried parts of some kind. They remind me of armored military train cars similar to ones the USSR had during the Cold War.

I took more photos of Boeing trains yesterday (Wed./3-27) which I'll post up later today in the MP 18 thread in the Western US forum.
 

WhoWantsTrained

Train Loving Pilot
Those weren't my photos.


Are you are asking about those large boxcar red things at the end of the flat cars? I don't know specifically what is in them, I just assumed they carried parts of some kind. They remind me of armored military train cars similar to ones the USSR had during the Cold War.

I took more photos of Boeing trains yesterday (Wed./3-27) which I'll post up later today in the MP 18 thread in the Western US forum.
Yes, the big red "toolboxes" on the ends of the railcars.
 




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