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I have seen two CN trains with all very small hopper cars. They are about half the length of a grain hopper and not as high and they have straight/flat sides. The train I saw today I am guessing was two miles long. And it had distributed power on the tail end. I didn't see the forward half of the train so I don't know if he had any mid-train power or not. This was in the Champaign subdivision, in case that makes a difference. Anybody know what these cars are for?


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they could very well be ore cars, possibly going to the BLE or to the DMIR. or they're Ortner stone cars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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