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Commonwealth Edison 8239

Open coal gondola car

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Commonwealth Edison is the the electric power utility for the Chicagoland area. They own a large fleet of coal cars that can frequently be seen throughout the Chicagoland area, often running as unit trains.

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Commonwealth Edison 8239 Open coal gondola car in the Waukegan UP yard.

(CWEX 8239, CWEX, Coal gondola cars, Open gondola cars, Freight cars, photographed on 6 November 1999 at Waukegan UP yard).     Image size is available.

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Commonwealth Edison 8239 Open coal gondola car in the Waukegan UP yard.

(CWEX 8239, CWEX, Coal gondola cars, Open gondola cars, Freight cars, photographed on 6 November 1999 at Waukegan UP yard).     Image size is available.

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Rail yards need to store a wide variety of material, typically stored in an orderly mess. Looking north across the yard. In the background are [left to right] CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, and CWEX 8216.

(Waukegan UP yard, Yard material, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, Rail Yards, CNW Towers, Places, CWEX, Coal gondola cars, Open gondola cars, Freight cars, photographed on 6 November 1999 at Waukegan UP yard).     Image size is available.

On 6 November 1999 CWEX 8239 was empty, enroute from the Waukegan (Illinois) UP yard to Blathumin (Wyoming).

Equipment characteristics of CWEX 8239: AAR car type J311 (gondola car), plate type B, tare weight 44,800 pounds, total gross weight allowed 286,000 pounds, load limit 241,200 pounds, dry capacity 4,505 cubic feet, external dimensions (length 53' 1", width 10' 8", height 12' 10"), internal dimensions (length 47' 9", width 9' 10", height 11' 5"). [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, November 1999]

Railcar fleet details for CWEX 8239: Gondola Car - GT, Mechanical Designation: GT; Outside Length: 53 ft 1 in; AAR Car Type Code: J311; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 8 in; Inside Length: 47 ft 9 in; Outside Extreme Height: 12 ft 10 in; Inside Width: 9 ft 10 in; Height of Extreme Width: 12 ft 10 in; Inside Height: 11 ft 5 in; Upper Eaves Height: 12 ft 9 in; Upper Eaves Width: 10 ft 8 in; Plate Clearance: B; Star Stencil: M; Lining: U; Draft Gear: 99; Cubic Ft Capacity: 4,505 cu ft; Tare Weight: 44,800 lbs.; Rate per Mile: 0.015. [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]

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