WN&P wrote:I think CSX eliminated filleting/toupeeing operations at Dewitt once the B&A was cleared for domestic doublestacks to Worcester three years ago. One other point about 22K/23K as pointed out to me by a fellow rail fan is that these trains use a lot spine cars interspersed with well cars. Spine cars can only handle single stacked containers or pigs and I'm guessing that with RRs' general trend to double stacking containers rather than hauling TOFC, spine cars are plentiful. Perhaps it's somehow cheaper NS/PAS to use "excess" spine cars and/or it's easier to load/unload spine cars when overhead cranes aren't installed at intermodal facility like Hill Yard/johnpbarlow wrote:Syracuse, I believefogg1703 wrote:Minor point but 22K/23K don't get toupeed or filleted at Mechanicville as 205/206 handle all M'ville containers. Is there any intermodal terminal in the US where a RR does perform such a likely time-consuming operation?BM6569 wrote:The containers are not going past Ayer at this point so I'm not sure it would make sense to use well cars. You can't have double stacks to Portland anyway.My point was if the service was to grow to any markets beyond New England (Midwest, Southeast) we could see well cars loaded single stacked in Maine and then filet/toupee in Worcester (CSX) or Mechanicville (NS) a la 22k/23K.