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Moving a passenger car
Posted by Tyler Tap on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 6:40 PM

I need to move two cars about 12 miles in East Texas (Tyler area) and am having a dickens of a time finding someone in the area willing to take this on.  One is a 75' business car and one a 86' ex SP coach.  Both have steel underframes.  I have called the house movers in the area, they look at the two cars, then they either decline saying they are not equipped to make the move or I just never hear back from them.  i really need to get these cars moved.  Any ideas?

 

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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:09 PM

Should call whoever did this move, a Centenniel and a Big Boy are both far heavier than either of your passenger cars:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he0ugl06-P0

But seriously though there are trucking companies who specialize in moving rail equipment.  We just had a steam locomotive moved 130 miles by truck so she could operate on a different tourist railway during the Canada 150 celebrations (she will be moving back again soon, again by truck), and the company we used is called Inter-Rail Transport, as their main business is moving smaller stuff like track maintenance equipment between different work locations.  The trailers they brought had rails built right into their decks, and they hired cranes and fabricated a ramp specifically for this job. 

Inter-Rail is based in Edmonton, AB and being from the Great White North I don't know the names of any companies like this in the Texas region, but I'm sure there is someone.  UP, BNSF and the various contractors have to move rail equipment down there too.

As I'm sure you are aware any move like this will not be cheap, but either a rail moving outfit or an oilfield heavy-haul trucking company will not shy away from such a task, and it shouldn't matter whether your two cars are still on their own wheels or sitting on blocks.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 11:03 PM

Let us know how this progresses.  

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Posted by CMStPnP on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 1:19 AM

You have to Google under "Heavy Haul", Houses are relatively light but are bulky, thats why your not having any luck.

Call STS Heavy Haul in Dallas, TX.............Tyler is not that far away, also take note of the second picture on the weblink below (scroll down on first page).

http://www.stsheavyhauling.com/

They will also help with moving the Mother-In-Law around the holidays.  :)

 

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Posted by Buslist on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:14 AM

Tyler Tap

I need to move two cars about 12 miles in East Texas (Tyler area) and am having a dickens of a time finding someone in the area willing to take this on.  One is a 75' business car and one a 86' ex SP coach.  Both have steel underframes.  I have called the house movers in the area, they look at the two cars, then they either decline saying they are not equipped to make the move or I just never hear back from them.  i really need to get these cars moved.  Any ideas?

 

 

IRM just moved 2 Milwaukee Road coaches to Union last week, might want to contact them and see who they used.

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Posted by K4sPRR on Friday, July 07, 2017 4:23 PM

The Lorain & West Virginia Railroad group in Wellington Ohio recently moved two ex C&O passenger cars a distance of about 20 miles.  They used a trucking company who simply put them on a flat frame and hauled them down the road like they were pulling a trailer.  You can go to their web page www.lwvry.org, they have a contact tab.  Maybe they can give you some advice on their project.  Good luck!

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Posted by coachcar on Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:39 AM

Give me a call.  Ken. 410-336-1605.

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Posted by D.Carleton on Sunday, July 16, 2017 11:55 AM

coachcar

Give me a call.  Ken. 410-336-1605.

Aw, comon' Ken. What do you know about moving coaches? Laugh

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:48 PM

D.Carleton
 
coachcar

Give me a call.  Ken. 410-336-1605. 

Aw, comon' Ken. What do you know about moving coaches? Laugh

So!  Give him a call and find out!

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Posted by D.Carleton on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 6:05 PM

BaltACD
D.Carleton 
coachcar

Give me a call.  Ken. 410-336-1605. 

Aw, comon' Ken. What do you know about moving coaches? Laugh

So!  Give him a call and find out!

Inside joke; I used to work for Ken. He has forgotten more about moving passenger cars than I will ever know.

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:55 PM

D.Carleton
 
BaltACD
D.Carleton 
coachcar

Give me a call.  Ken. 410-336-1605. 

Aw, comon' Ken. What do you know about moving coaches? Laugh

So!  Give him a call and find out! 

Inside joke; I used to work for Ken. He has forgotten more about moving passenger cars than I will ever know.

When I lived in Garrett, IN as a kid, local farmer bought an old B&O wood caboose to move to his property.  I don't know if he contracted with some local moving outfit or was doing it with his own equipment.  Our house was about 15 blocks from the B&O tracks - I know for a fact they had 3 axle failures in the two days it took them to reach the loaction of our house - how much further he had to go, I have no idea.  He was gone on the 3rd day.

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