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TTX (TTGX) 994924 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car

(Union Pacific)

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This is one of about forty autorack cars that were damaged when a CSXT crew took an excess-height train under a normal-height bridge. The Autorack oops article discusses the incident.

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CSX Transportation 485725 Open gondola car appears unharmed by the oops that damaged the roof of preceeding cars [to the left]. It has, however, acquired additional scrap metal, previously engaged as the roof of an autorack. The following two autorack cars (TTGX 990770 and TTGX 994924) show damage, while following standard-height cars do not.

(CSXT 485725, TTGX 990770, TTGX 994924, CSXT 150086, Autorack oops, CSXT, Open gondola cars, Freight cars, TTGX, Autorack cars, Box cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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TTX (TTGX) 994924 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car (Union Pacific) showing damage.

(TTGX 994924, Autorack oops, TTGX, Autorack cars, Freight cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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TTX (TTGX) 990770 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car (Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe) and TTX (TTGX) 994924 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car (Union Pacific) show some of the damage they received. Note the Excess Height Car warnings in white at the car tops, and near the ground (in yellow signs) on each end.

(TTGX 990770, TTGX 994924, TTGX, Autorack cars, Freight cars, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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Standard height car CSXT 150086 appears unharmed while excess height TTGX 994924 [[left)(CSXT 150086, TTGX 994924, Autorack oops, CSXT, Box cars, Freight cars, TTGX, Autorack cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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TTX (TTGX) 994924 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car (Union Pacific) showing damage, while standard-height CSXT 150086 appears unharmed.

(TTGX 994924, CSXT 150086, Autorack oops, TTGX, Autorack cars, Freight cars, CSXT, Box cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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TTX (TTGX) 994924 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car (Union Pacific) and TTX (TTGX) 990770 Fully-enclosed 89' 4" bi-level autorack car (Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe) [left] showing damage.

(TTGX 994924, TTGX 990770, Autorack oops, TTGX, Autorack cars, Freight cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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Standard-height CSXT 150086 appears unharmed. TTGX 994924 [left] shows damage from the oops.

(CSXT 150086, TTGX 994924, Autorack oops, CSXT, Box cars, Freight cars, TTGX, Autorack cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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TTGX 994924, CSXT 150086, and NYC 631289 [left to right] show how much higher the autostack cars are than standard-height cars.

(TTGX 994924, CSXT 150086, NYC 631289, TTGX, Autorack cars, Freight cars, CSXT, Box cars, NYC, Coil cars, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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The autorack car TTGX 994924 is clearly much taller than the adjacent standard sized cars [near to far] SSAM 38657, NYC 631289, and CSXT 150086.

(SSAM 38657, NYC 631289, CSXT 150086, TTGX 994924, Autorack oops, SSAM, Centerbeam flat cars, Freight cars, NYC, Coil cars, CSXT, Box cars, TTGX, Autorack cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

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Each of the excess height autorack cars is damaged, while the standard height cars passed without difficulty. [near to far] SP 516759, SSAM 38657, NYC 631289, CSXT 150086, TTGX 994924, TTGX 99070, CSXT 485725, CNW 490138, CSXT 225021, ATSF 700136 and other cars.

(SP 516759, SSAM 38657, NYC 631289, CSXT 150086, TTGX 994924, TTGX 990770, CSXT 485725, CNW 490138, CSXT 225021, ATSF 700136, Autorack oops, SP, Autorack cars, Freight cars, SSAM, Centerbeam flat cars, NYC, Coil cars, CSXT, Box cars, TTGX, Open gondola cars, CNW, Covered hopper cars, Built by Thrall, CNW CL901, ATSF, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub).     Image size is available.

Equipment characteristics of TTGX 994924: AAR car type V978 (vehicular flat car), plate type G, tare weight 104,000 pounds, total gross weight allowed 179,000 pounds, load limit 75,200 pounds, external dimensions (length 93' 10", width 10' 8", height 19' 0"), internal dimensions (length 89' 4", width 9' 9", pool number 9,990,048. [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, October 1999]

Railcar fleet details for TTXX 994924: Vehicular Flat Car, Mechanical Designation: FA; Outside Length: 93 ft 10 in; AAR Car Type Code: V978; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 8 in; Outside Extreme Height: 19 ft 0 in; Height of Extreme Width: 5 ft 8 in; Plate Clearance: G; Star Stencil: S; Trans. Code: N; Draft Gear: 10; Tare Weight: 104,000 lbs.; Rate per Hour: 0.74. [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]

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