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A First Time for Everything

February 5, 2010

I would think that after some 3 decades plus of being around trains, I would have pretty much seen any and every type of rolling stock.  Then again, I would be wrong.

KCS 7002, with a Laredo-bound manifest, at track speed through Stafford, TX on Oct. 4, 2006

KCS bulkhead flatcars modified with stakes for hauling timber lengthwise

I’ve seen plenty of bulkhead flatcars, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen them modified with stakes, much less stakes that are a good 2-3 feet taller than the bulkhead. I’m guessing that the KCS modified the cars to permit the loading of timbers lengthwise.

I imagine that cars like this don’t stray much from the forests of Arkansas and Missouri. I suspect these 50′ logs are en route to being converted into utility poles in Mexico, so I get a chance to see something different passing through my neck of the woods. (I know, I know, that was a horrible pun…)

RailCarPhotos.com has a picture of another KCS car like this one, loaded with shorter timbers.

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