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Alaska RR rolling stock
Posted by jwo4615 on Sunday, December 06, 2009 2:06 PM

Would you find any of Alaska railroad rolling stock in the lower 48? Is that possible? especially grain hoppers?

 

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Posted by cacole on Sunday, December 06, 2009 2:33 PM

 I don't think the climate in Alaska is conducive to growing grain, so doubt that they own any grain hoppers.

http://www.akrr.com/arrc108.html 

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Posted by markpierce on Sunday, December 06, 2009 2:45 PM

But I wouldn't presume the Alaska RR. doesn't have any covered hoppers.  Anybody got an inventory of its rolling stock?

http://www.akrr.com/arrc217.html

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Posted by markpierce on Sunday, December 06, 2009 2:50 PM
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Posted by 7j43k on Sunday, December 06, 2009 5:35 PM
From the July 2005 ORER, there are 22 covered hoppers on the Alaska roster. Interestingly, 14100 & 14101 are 4750 cu ft cars and are labeled "Agra". Here's a picture of 14101 at, of all things, what appears to be some sort of grain facility:

http://www.rdu.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=878111

The remaining covered hoppers don't especially "appear" to be grain cars--some are noted as being in cement service. Wow, 2 cars. That has to be just about the smallest grain fleet anywhere.

and here's a picture of an Alaska car in St. Paul, Minnesota:

http://www.rdu.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1715941

and another (in Seattle):

http://www.rdu.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=879592

and still another (in Illinois):

http://www.rdu.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1560960

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Posted by reklein on Sunday, December 06, 2009 6:33 PM

The Matanuska valley northeast of Anchorage used to grow quite a bit of barley and so may have had some hoppers. We have a couple people on the forum living up that way. BILL

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Posted by csxns on Sunday, December 06, 2009 8:08 PM

I seen a Alaska RR hopper here in NC on CSX before.

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Posted by IVRW on Monday, December 07, 2009 11:38 AM
I dont know about HO, but Lionel offers some good semi sale stuff.

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Posted by cv_acr on Monday, December 07, 2009 11:55 AM

Here's some grain cars that definately used to be in service in Alaska, although they were actually owned by a different company and not the Alaska Railroad itself. The reporting marks were AACX.

http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?marks=AACX

 

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Posted by cv_acr on Monday, December 07, 2009 12:15 PM

Some of the information on this page is actually incorrect:

http://www.alaskarails.org/fp/hoppers/agriculture-hopper.html

The 14850 series of cylindrical cement hoppers is decidedly not ex-BN/BNSF, they're ex-British Columbia Railway.

The two cars ARR 14100-14101 are former AACX, most of the rest of the AACX cars are in service with IC now.

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Posted by dti406 on Monday, December 07, 2009 2:44 PM

The State of Alaska leased 20 Covered Hoppers, which is the car shown in the picture, they were orginally lettered AACX.  They were purchased with the Oil Lease money and were to be used for the Delta Barley Project started by the State Dept of Agriculture.  The farms never worked as planned and the cars sat for a while until the ARR bought two of them and the rest reverted back or the Leassor and were sent elsewhere and may still going around in the AACX paint scheme.  Atlas did these cars in Thrall 4750 Trainman line. Mainline Modeler had an article regarding these cars in an old issue, along with pictures and car diagram for painting.

The AAR also owned some ACF 3560 cars that Atlas also did in their Trainman ACF 3560 line.  I see they are no longer on the roster, but I have a picture of one I took in the Anchorage yard when I worked in that area and drove through the yard daily.

Decals are also available for both these cars if the decorated ones are still available.

I don't remember if any Alaska Railroad cars left the state. Usually they would return the Foreign Road Cars that came by barge to Whittier rather than send their own cars offline.

 

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Posted by gpa on Monday, December 07, 2009 4:43 PM

Alaska Railroad operates regular barge service to Seattle. I see a lot of ARR rolling stock & sometimes locomotives. I don't recall seeing any hoppers, but definitely a lot of flat cars and tank cars. As well as quite a few passenger cars, RDCs and occassionally a locomotive or two. Presumably some of these things leave Seattle and find other destinations in the lower 48.

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Posted by C.P.C.S. on Monday, December 07, 2009 7:22 PM

I have the McKinely explorer. If they make stock I would like to know also.

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Posted by challenger3980 on Monday, December 07, 2009 7:43 PM

Here is a pic that I got of a Pair of ARR  GP 38-2's, units #2001 and 2006, in Spokane, WA May 15, 2007. So I would say that, Yes, you could find ARR equipment in th lower 48.

 

 

Doug

 

 

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