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Zx5&Nx2
August 6th, 2009, 02:51 AM
Hi!
When I look through train magazines, I see CSX engines along the Hudson River hauling those large and long articulated Auto-Max cars (like the one Athearn has produced). Why do I never see them on Sand Patch? Just curious, if anybody knows. Thanks!

Robbman
August 6th, 2009, 08:11 AM
Hi!
When I look through train magazines, I see CSX engines along the Hudson River hauling those large and long articulated Auto-Max cars (like the one Athearn has produced). Why do I never see them on Sand Patch? Just curious, if anybody knows. Thanks!


Clearances... same reason you don't see double-stacked high-cubes on the patch. Auto-Maxes are taller than your regualr autorack.

Zx5&Nx2
August 6th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Thank you! That makes perfect sense!!

cjb77
March 27th, 2010, 09:28 PM
There is an overpass in my town of Connellsville where the autorack cars barely fit under it, and they are the standard ones. So I can imagine there are other places on SandPatch grade with similar problems. I've heard that eventually CSX wants to raise clearances but it will take millions of dollars.