The "pings" are lighter then freight cars,LIRR did minamal maintance on the cars at the end as the C-3's went online.
They didn't play well in freight trains and tended to pick switches. There was a Heavy Push to get them off the LIRR
due to the lease payments paid to outfit that bought the entire fleet.(some sort of delay with the C-3's delivery)
As the pings "rotted" in sidings waiting to be sold,the air brake systems became "outdated",some of the bearings (wheelset)
rusted,vandels trashed the interiors,etc.....
Catskill Mtn is not connected to CSX,car will have to put on a flatbed to get to them anyway.
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!