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".
Harold Kept many of his photos on sites which no longer exist.
|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 by Harold A. Driscoll using a Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 digital camera (with tripod) [railfan/1999/10/99a25598.jpg] NEW 26 October 1999
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Equipment characteristics of CSXT 150086: AAR car type A435 (equipped box car), plate type C, tare weight 73,000 pounds, total gross weight allowed 263,000 pounds, load limit 190,000 pounds, dry capacity 5,277 cubic feet, external dimensions (length 59' 1", width 10' 7", height 15' 0"), internal dimensions (length 50' 6", width 9' 6", height 11' 0"), side door ( width 10' 0", height 10' 1"), pool number 7,120,600. [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, October 1999]
Railcar fleet details for CSXT 150086: Equipped Box Car, Mechanical Designation: XL; Outside Length: 59 ft 1 in; AAR Car Type Code: A435; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 7 in; Inside Length: 50 ft 6 in; Outside Extreme Height: 15 ft 0 in; Inside Width: 9 ft 6 in; Height of Extreme Width: 14 ft 4 in; Inside Height: 11 ft 0 in; Upper Eaves Height: 14 ft 8 in; Side Door Height: 10 ft 1 in; Upper Eaves Width: 10 ft 0 in; Side Door Width: 10 ft 0 in; Side Door Type: 2; Plate Clearance: C; Trans. Code: C; Lining: U; Floor Strength: 5; Draft Gear: 15; Cubic Ft Capacity: 5,277 cu ft; Tare Weight: 73,000 lbs.; Rate per Hour: 0.66; Rate per Mile: 0.075; Owned or Leased: Owned; Underframe: Cushioned. Special Characteristics; Door Type: Single Plug doors, centered; Floor Type: Nailable Steel (includes alternate wood and steel floor), reinforced; Fittings: Anchor, Lading Strap. [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]
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