Sep 10, 2020
Saw this on a video feed in background. What is it used for?
Thanks in advance for your info.... CBG
Can't really get a good idea. Photo seems to have loaded as a non-clickable thumbnail.
That's a pretty small photo, I can't really tell. Where was the video from? Is this one of the Virtual Railfan feeds?
I am just guessing here, but it could be a ramp to unload MOW vehicles from the transporter flatcars.
Here is a video link to the type of car I was thinking of:
Kershaw produces the Scorpion flatcar where the ramp folds up into sections. Obviously that is not the car in your photo, but I think it is for a similar purpose. These are generally more common, and for MOW equipment moves over long distances, the train will usually have one of these at the end. I don't actually know of any cars that have one rigid ramp instead of the sectional one, but this is the concept that came to mind when I saw that photo.
Here is another video:
Reminds me of one of those plastic ramps I have to put rolling stock on the rails quick and easy.
As the saying goes; "Somewhere there is a prototype for everything."
almost looks like panel track but the ties don't extend out far enough.
I was thinking a pre-fab panel carrier too, but usually those have the frame tilted sideways on the car. I don't think transporting track like this would have much benefit over a regular flatcar. Having it angled the length of the car doesn't reduce the width of the piece the same that having it vertical does.
Unless it is a part of a rail-renewal train. Some of those ballast cleaners and track layers have weird modified flatcars in them.
Thanks to all for your responses. Yes, this was from a railserve.com video feed of the Santa Fe junction in KC. It was by itself in the background and I do not see the car now, or it is far enough back I cannot make it out. There were no other cars around or near it to provide context.
Thank you all again.