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Today I witnessed the following pass my office in South Bend, on the Chicago line.
SD60m (in conrail paint)
Steel Coil Car
A bottle car:
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That's unusual looking - what is a bottle car for?
The picture to the right is a photo of Silverliner I 246 located at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA.
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A torpedo car or bottle car is a type of railroad car used in steel mills to haul molten pig iron from the blast furnace to begin the process of primary steelmaking. The thermally-insulated vessel is mounted on trunnions, and designed to endure extremely high temperatures, as well as keeping the metal in a molten state over extended periods of time. The vessel can be pivoted along its longitudinal axis to empty the pig iron into a furnace (such as a basic oxygen furnace) or crucible.
They are really unique freight cars.
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PARailWiz wrote:That's unusual looking - what is a bottle car for?
Aaron @ MP-S237
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Trains magazine had an article on this train a while back. It is ajointly run train between NS and IHB. It serves steel mills in Gary.
"Why would you take a train to go see another train?"
Some people just don't understand.