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Date Photographed

25 October 1999

An autorack oops on the CSX Altenheim Sub through Oak Park (Illinois).

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.

The autorack cars of this train would seem to be taller than a bridge they attempted to pass under. The results (discussed below) are certainly dramatic, but they are hardly pretty.

The autorack cars are 19' tall (excess height cars), however the Belt Railway of Chicago overhead bridge (46th Avenue) just east of Cicero Avenue has a clearance of 17' 3".

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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. Excess height autorack car TTGX 990770 is quite a different matter, however.

CSXT 485725, TTGX 990770, Autorack oops, CSXT, Open gondola cars, Freight cars, TTGX, Autorack cars, index, photographed on 25 October 1999 at CSX Altenheim Sub by Harold A. Driscoll using a Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 digital camera (with tripod) [railfan/1999/10/99a25575.jpg] NEW 26 October 1999

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Equipment characteristics of CSXT 485725: AAR car type E530 (equipped gondola), plate type B, tare weight 67,900 pounds, total gross weight allowed 263,000 pounds, load limit 195,100 pounds, dry capacity 2,743 cubic feet, external dimensions (length 57' 5", width 10' 7", height 9' 1"), internal dimensions (length 52' 6", width 9' 6", height 5' 6"), pool number 7,123,331. [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, October 1999]

Railcar fleet details for CSXT 485725: Equipped Gondola, Mechanical Designation: GBS; Outside Length: 57 ft 5 in; AAR Car Type Code: E530; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 7 in; Inside Length: 52 ft 6 in; Outside Extreme Height: 9 ft 1 in; Inside Width: 9 ft 6 in; Height of Extreme Width: 9 ft 1 in; Inside Height: 5 ft 6 in; Upper Eaves Height: 9 ft 1 in; Upper Eaves Width: 10 ft 7 in; Plate Clearance: B; Trans. Code: P; Lining: U; Draft Gear: 88; Cubic Ft Capacity: 2,743 cu ft; Tare Weight: 67,900 lbs.; Owned or Leased: Leased. Special Characteristics . [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]

Chicago Rail Photographs collection updated 13 March 2024 at 23:04. Photographs and text copyright © 1998-2000 Harold A. Driscoll, All Rights Reserved. Email address is provided exclusively for personal contact, but emphatically not for use for SPAM net.abuse.