Denver Dude wrote:I see coal cars that say LD Limit 242,300 and LT WT 42,000, etc. Is the total weight of the loaded car BOTH of those values added together? Thanks.The 242,300 lbs. figure is the maximum loaded weight for the car, the 42K lbs. is the empty weight. Rail crews need to know both figures for calculating the amount of HP needed to pull a given number of cars, bridge weight allowances, etc..
If you SUBTRACT the second number from the first one you will derive the amount by weight of product (coal) the car is designed to carry.