What happened to the 'Long-Runners'?

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EMDGP30

Active Member
What happened to these cars?

A few years ago almost every TOFC/COFC train would have several of these in the consist and now they have seemingly vanished.




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Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
Interesting question. I don't see that many TOFC trains to start with, seems like most stuff is containers these days. It would be interesting to see a comparison of the traffic for both modes. I realize my view is probably not typical since Seattle and Tacoma are both huge container ports, so that's going to shift the balance.
 

EMDGP30

Active Member
I am working on the BNSF's Southern Transcon route for a contractor and I see over a dozen TOFC trains a day and there aren't any even though there are several 53' trailers being carried.
 

tootnkumin

Member
The ones without the widened section probably got converted to standard 89'ers, whether those others were converted instead of scrapped would depend on demand for them I would guess.
 

EMDGP30

Active Member
The ones without the widened section probably got converted to standard 89'ers, whether those others were converted instead of scrapped would depend on demand for them I would guess.
What widened section? The existing ones were already wide enough to carry 53' trailers; how much wider could they be and still stay within C plate?
 

tootnkumin

Member
The Long-Runner flats were a 2 car setup. They carried 3, 53' trailers with the middle one bridging over the coupling between the 2 cars. Note the widened section on the right hand car where the trailer's wheels are sitting on it's deck to allow for them to swivel. They were connected by a drawbar.
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