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National Railway Historical Society
Established in 1936
Railfan Pictures of the Day - 06/21/2005
|CSX Lansdale Yard Lansdale PA June 17 2005|
On Friday June 17 2005 CSX train C746, the Lansdale PA/Philadelphia PA transfer job, picked up six CRDX (Chicago Freight Car Leasing Company) ballast cars that have been acquired by SEPTA and brought them to Lansdale. The cars appear to have been originally built by Pullman-Standard as Model PS-2 70 ton 34 foot covered hoppers, later modified for ballast service (basically cut off the roof and put new hopper doors in). Althought the cars are of similar design, there are slight variations as noted. As to their original as-built owners, some of the trucks are of AT&SF heritage.
Update: The prior assignment for these cars was hauling ballast for the track department of the Illinois Railway Museum located in Union IL, northwest of Chicago. No, they weren't museum exhibits, rather they were used for maintaining the right of way. The museum, in addition to displaying static pieces, is an operating museum with a 5-mile long mainline for steam, diesel and heavy electric trains, and the mile-long streetcar loop for trolleys (interurbans and EL cars operate on both lines).
CRDX 900133 Eight panels, rivets on end rib, Ladders on both ends, no top chord
|CRDX 900150 Seven side panels, welded ribs, ladder on one end, top chord|
|CRDX 900067 Seven side panels, welded ribs, ladder on one end, top chord|
|CRDX 900130 Eight panels, rivets on end rib, Ladders on both ends, no top chord|
|CRDX 900072 Seven side panels, all welded ribs, U rib on end panels, ladder on one end, top chord|
|CRDX 900126 Seven side panels, welded ribs, ladder on one end, top chord|
All pictures June 17 2005 Copyright © 2005 John P. Almeida
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