What happened to the 'Long-Runners'?

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#1
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

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#2
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.
 
#3
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.
 
#4
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.
 
#5
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?
 
#6
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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