What type of car is this?

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UP Salina Sub

Railfanius Extremus
#1
Caught a westbound BNSF train this morning, was made up of 2 bay open hoppers in the 606000 series. They had a thin orange stripe on the "A" end. I thought about it being a ballast train, but it also had some bathtub coal gons in it as well
 

RCH

Been Nothin' Since Frisco
#2
Sounds like it might be a taconite train. They are often a mix of old steel bathtub gons and hoppers.
 

UP Salina Sub

Railfanius Extremus
#3
Thanks for the info, don't see many of these trains out this way Must be a detour, of some sort. Had 4 units, BNSF 765 was leading.
 

RCH

Been Nothin' Since Frisco
#4
On second thought, this may have been a high sulfur coal train. These go to Eagle Pass, TX and on to Mexico. The coal has a much different texture than the more chunky PRB coal I'm used to seeing. This stuff is more like a brownish black powder. And it seems to sit pretty low in those bathtubs, but even with the top chord in the shorter hoppers.
 

papio

Active Member
#5
BNSF Equipment Roster shows 606xxx series as ore cars without a rotary couplers and for use on BNSF only (no interchange).
 

UP Salina Sub

Railfanius Extremus
#7
Here is a photo of the cars in question,taken this morning. Been seeing these quite regularly. Always mixed in with older bathtub coal gons, or older 3 bay open hoppers
 



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