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Commonwealth Edison 6397

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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Looking down into [near to far] CWEX 2586 and CWIX 6397.

(Waukegan UP yard, CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, Rail Yards, CNW Towers, 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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Looking down into [near to far] CWEX 2586, CWIX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, and additional cars.

(CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, 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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Union Pacific highrail on the main line just north of the Waukegan station, passing a train of coal cars in the yard to the right, including CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, and CWEX 2360.

(UP highrail, CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, MOW cars, 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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Looking down into [near to far] CWEX 2586, CWIX 6397, and CWEX 8239.

(Waukegan UP yard, CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, Rail Yards, CNW Towers, 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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Looking down into Commonwealth Edison 6397 Open coal gondola car and Commonwealth Edison 8239 Open coal gondola car.

(CWEX 6397, 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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Union Pacific main line just north of the Waukegan station, passing a train of coal cars in the yard to the right. The string of coal cars includes [near to far] CWEX 2586, CWIX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, and CWEX 2360.

(Waukegan UP yard, CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, Rail Yards, CNW Towers, 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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Looking down into [near to far] CWEX 2586, CWIX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, and additional cars.

(Waukegan UP yard, CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, CWEX 8239, CWEX 8165, CWEX 8216, CWEX 3029, CWEX 8076, CWEX 2360, Rail Yards, CNW Towers, 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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Looking down into Commonwealth Edison 6397 Open coal gondola car and Commonwealth Edison 8239 Open coal gondola car.

(CWEX 6397, 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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Looking down into Commonwealth Edison 2586 Open coal gondola car and Commonwealth Edison 6397 Open coal gondola car.

(CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, 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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Looking down into Commonwealth Edison 2586 Open coal gondola car and Commonwealth Edison 6397 Open coal gondola car.

(CWEX 2586, CWEX 6397, 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 6397 was empty, enroute from the Waukegan (Illinois) UP yard to Blathumin (Wyoming).

Equipment characteristics of CWEX 6397: AAR car type J311 (gondola car), plate type B, tare weight 42,300 pounds, total gross weight allowed 286,000 pounds, load limit 243,700 pounds, dry capacity 4,480 cubic feet, external dimensions (length 53' 1", width 10' 7", height 12' 10"), internal dimensions (length 47' 9", width 9' 9", height 11' 6"). [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, November 1999]

Railcar fleet details for CWEX 6397: Gondola Car - GT, Mechanical Designation: GT; Outside Length: 53 ft 1 in; AAR Car Type Code: J311; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 7 in; Inside Length: 47 ft 9 in; Outside Extreme Height: 12 ft 10 in; Inside Width: 9 ft 9 in; Height of Extreme Width: 12 ft 9 in; Inside Height: 11 ft 6 in; Upper Eaves Height: 12 ft 9 in; Upper Eaves Width: 10 ft 7 in; Plate Clearance: B; Star Stencil: M; Lining: U; Draft Gear: 99; Tare Weight: 42,500 lbs.; Rate per Mile: 0.015. [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]

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