Can you tell me what this is?

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I'm completely new to this forum and I hope that this is the appropriate sub-forum for this. I found a piece of equipment that I believe to be associated with a railroad but I'm honestly not sure. I tend to believe this because I found it buried next to a train track while photographing an oncoming train. Does anyone know what this is and what it was used for?




Thanks Bruce, for the reply and the link. Makes perfect sense now seeing as that the majority of the cars on the train I photographed had containers on them. Do they just fall off sometimes? I can't imagine one being unlocked where we were at, in the middle of nowhere.


They can't come out when between two containers. One could have been left unlocked on top of a container, or someone dropped it on a car and didn't bother to get it, and it eventually fell off.


Pete Sakes

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Quite often those are left on the walkways on the ends of intermodal cars, so I'm not surprised that you found one along the right of way. That's an example of why you never want to stand close to the tracks while a train is passing by. You never know what might fall off a passing railroad car.


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