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.
|SP 516759 lost its roof, and its contents didn't do very well, either.|
SP 516759, Autorack oops, SP, Autorack cars, Freight 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/1999/10/99a25604.jpg] NEW 26 October 1999
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Equipment characteristics of SP 516759: AAR car type V941 (vehicular flat car), plate type G, tare weight 101,700 pounds, total gross weight allowed 185,000 pounds, load limit 83,300 pounds, external dimensions (length 93' 10", width 10' 8", height 19' 0"), internal dimensions (length 89' 4", width 9' 1", pool number 9,990,017. [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, October 1999]
Railcar fleet details for SP 516759: Vehicular Flat Car, Mechanical Designation: FA; Outside Length: 93 ft 10 in; AAR Car Type Code: V941; 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: 101,700 lbs. [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]
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