Open Air Autoracks last use of?

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Open Air Autoracks last use of?
Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:27 PM

Last open air I saw was in Brunswick Maryland in 1998. Seen them on old Pentrex Videos of Rio Grand Ry in Colorado with covered mixed in.

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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Friday, April 14, 2017 1:31 AM

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Posted by carknocker1 on Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:07 AM

The last one I had to pre trip was January of 2004 ,

it was a CN bi-level rack 

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Posted by samfp1943 on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:58 PM

The open top railroad car carrier was a 'target' every time the Teamster's Union 'went out' or some other worker's group went out on a strike.  The news media, and the industry 'gossip' seemed to carry 'stories of 'incidents'. Debris being 'thrown or dropped' off overpasses onto loaded, open car  carriers. Liquids being used to destroy paint of vehicles in transit. Those stories, and those tales were out there.  

Seemed as if,it was in the late 1990's(?) that cars started to have structures built over their top decks. And over time, the current type, encclosed, auto transport car has evolved.  Covered, shielded on their sides and with three decks; all to protect, and provide more room to transport the autos, and/or light trucks, throughout North America, and Mexico.  

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:26 PM

samfp1943
The open top railroad car carrier was a 'target' every time the Teamster's Union 'went out' or some other worker's group went out on a strike.  The news media, and the industry 'gossip' seemed to carry 'stories of 'incidents'. Debris being 'thrown or dropped' off overpasses onto loaded, open car  carriers. Liquids being used to destroy paint of vehicles in transit. Those stories, and those tales were out there.  

Seemed as if,it was in the late 1990's(?) that cars started to have structures built over their top decks. And over time, the current type, encclosed, auto transport car has evolved.  Covered, shielded on their sides and with three decks; all to protect, and provide more room to transport the autos, and/or light trucks, throughout North America, and Mexico.  

was ' 

It wasn't unknown for open racks to arrive at distributon centers with their automobiles missing wheels and tires.

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:17 PM

BaltACD

 

 
samfp1943
The open top railroad car carrier was a 'target' every time the Teamster's Union 'went out' or some other worker's group went out on a strike.  The news media, and the industry 'gossip' seemed to carry 'stories of 'incidents'. Debris being 'thrown or dropped' off overpasses onto loaded, open car  carriers. Liquids being used to destroy paint of vehicles in transit. Those stories, and those tales were out there.  

Seemed as if,it was in the late 1990's(?) that cars started to have structures built over their top decks. And over time, the current type, encclosed, auto transport car has evolved.  Covered, shielded on their sides and with three decks; all to protect, and provide more room to transport the autos, and/or light trucks, throughout North America, and Mexico.  

was ' 

 

It wasn't unknown for open racks to arrive at distributon centers with their automobiles missing wheels and tires.

 

Or stripped down to just a frame.

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:51 PM

They are still in use in Europe. I've seen a train load of Citroen vans go through Dresden once, coming from thier plant in Slovenia. There are some auto-trains in Germany where you can take your own car, these are open also. I saw one of these in Munich a few years ago being loaded. One of the cars was a yellow Checker, of all things. I've seen them in the U.K. as recently as a month ago. 

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