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Maintainence of Way Equipment
Part Two - Tool, Panel, Tank and Wheel
cars


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Tool Cars were usually nothing more than obsolete boxcars, sometimes left in original paint with only the car's number being changed with a simple swipe of a brush.
C&EI X 15 - this tool car is parked at Salem, IL in April 1983. It also clings to its "Coal Road" heritage. Considering the C&EI completely vanished in 1976, it is surprising to see how clean and crisp the paint and lettering are. - © JD Santucci Photo

MP X 297 - This tool car's original reporting number has been shortened to three digits. The ex-box car is coupled to MP 992 and an old-timer U.P. caboose. Falls City, 5/3/97 - Todd Greuter photo
MP X 297 - sleeps away in Falls City near the once busy train station. From the car's design, it's similar to the colorful merchandise cars in the 40's-50's. Still wearing the "Route of the Eagles" slogan , it enjoyed a second life - being recycled for M.o.W. duty. 5/3/97 - Todd Greuter photo

MP X 297 - Todd Greuter photo

MP X 297 - Todd Greuter photo

MP X 297 - Todd Greuter photo

MP X 297 - Todd Greuter photo

T&P X 4562 - Tool car, ex-boxcar at Mauriceville, LA; 6/5/78 - © Brian Paul Ehni photo, used with permission.

MP 15157 - One of Mopac's unique tool cars that once served a brief career in Express Mail service, seen on a service track at Nehawka, Nebraska; 5/19/01 - Todd Greuter photo

See MoW Part 3 for more on these ex-Express cars.


MP 15184 - Tool car; shows the modifications made to the 50' boxcar including a screen window and large cogged crank wheel for the sliding door. Council Bluffs, Iowa; 10/6/01 - Todd Greuter photo


MP 15184 - Tool car; Council Bluffs, Iowa; 10/6/01 - Todd Greuter photo


MP 15215? - Tool car; the photo is a bit fuzzy, but shows that this car also has a doorway installed between the sliding door and window. The car still has grabs reaching to the roof; Boone, Iowa; 9/8/01 - Todd Greuter photo


MP 15220 - Toolcar at Sedalia, Colorado. 2/10/02 - Nathan Holmes/Rail Arc photo
From this blow-up it seems one MoPac tool car has spent some time in Nebraska - football mascot Herbie Husker adorns its white door. Another mascot, the Arkansas Razorbacks hog is more often seen on MP equipment. The unidentified MP car is part of a work train resting in Union Pacific's Ogalala, Nebraska yard. September 3, 1995 - Todd Greuter photo ·

MP 2?253 - nother blow-up shows this 50' single door box has been renumbered for MoW service and stenciled "tool car." The car is part of a work train at Ogalala, Nebraska. September 3, 1995 - Todd Greuter photo ·
Panel Cars transport sections of assembled track.

MP X 1080 - a Panel Flatcar at North Little Rock, Arkansas; 1970's - photo © copyright George Elwood, used with permission.

MP X 15109 - a Switch Panel car at North Little Rock, Arkansas; 1970's - photo © copyright George Elwood, used with permission.

Tank Cars carried fuel, water or insecticides for weed-spraying.

C&EI
X 43 - Chicago & Eastern Illinois M of W tank at Tuscola, Illinois, Once pulled into the work equipment roster, such tanks were often used in weed spraying trains, or hauling fuel or water. Dated 10/14/1979 - Photographer unknown/T. Greuter Collection

T&P X 1005 - Water car, once used as water tenders for the long-gone steam power. Navasota, TX; date unknown - © Brian Paul Ehni photo, used with permission.


T&P X 25211 - tank with crew car MPX 14182 at DeQincy, LA; date unknown - © Brian Paul Ehni photo, used with permission.


Wheel Cars operated in interchange service to and from various foundaries, transporting new wheels.

MP X 99094 - a Wheel car loaded with new wheels at North Little Rock, Arkansas; 1970's - photo © copyright George Elwood, used with permission.

MP 99123 - Wheel car, from a modified Greenville flatcar (this may be a post-merger modification - though the series is correct for MP wheel cars), at Ames yard, Iowa; 2/17/01 - photo © RailArc

MP 99123 - The same Wheel car looking down on the wheel rest slots cut into the anchoring area. Ames yard, Iowa; 2/17/01 - photo © RailArc

MP 99136 - Wheel car, now in UP-style lettering, this one appears to be another modified flat (also possibly done post-merger) at Ames yard, Iowa; 2/17/01 - photo © RailArc

MP 99136 - the same Wheel car from above, at Ames yard, Iowa; 2/17/01 - photo © RailArc

MP 99144 - another wheelcar with UP shields at Lincoln, Nebraska; May 2002 - T. Greuter Photo ·

MP 99144 - wheelcar at Lincoln, Nebraska; May 2002 - T. Greuter Photo ·

MP 99144 - The lube plates show this wheelcar was built on 10/79, there is no rebuild date. Seen at Lincoln, Nebraska; May 2002 - T. Greuter Photo ·

MP 99144 - To the right of the wheelcar's reporting marks is stenciled "UP 7-96". Seen at Lincoln, Nebraska; May 2002 - T. Greuter Photo ·

MP 99144 - wheelcar at Lincoln, Nebraska; May 2002 - T. Greuter Photo ·




 

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Featured Photographers:
Elvin Klepzig, Brian Paul Ehni, John C. La Rue, Jr. collection, Nathan Holmes/Rail Arc, George Elwood, J.D. Santucci, Lee Berglund, Ronald Estes, Jay Glenewinkel, Jerry Carson.

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