Raw timber transport by rail can be found many places, but only
infrequently in this area. In this photo the car on the left is a
bulkhead flatcar, the one on the right a centerbeam.
The Association of American Railroads reports:
In 2014, railroads hauled over 27.5 million tons of lumber and construction
wood products in three different car types — centerbeams, boxcars and
bulkhead flatcars. Centerbeams are preferred for lumber transport, because
they can be loaded and unloaded simultaneously from both sides, getting
them back into service quicker. The standard 73' centerbeam flatcar can
carry about 200,000 lbs. or more and is also used to carry other construction
materials, such as wallboard. In fact, one centerbeam rail car carries enough
framing lumber to build about 6 homes.