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Plane Parts Being Transported By Train?  
User currently offlineSnaiks From Panama, joined Mar 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

yesterday i w9as eating in College Station, TX. at about 9pm and a train passed and like 7 or 8 wagons passed with something that looked like plane wings, the wings werent that big. anyone have any info on this?

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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

I don't know but the DC10 and MD11 wings came in on railcars from Canada...a long way from Long Beach....

User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

Lots of plane parts move on rail, up to and including at least 737 fuselage sections, as far as I know.

Last month as I pulled into Vancouver's railway station I was pleasantly surprised when our train stopped beside the tail section of a Dash-8! That was neat to see.

Jean Leloup



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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

EVERY 737 fuselage ever built has been shipped by rail from Wichita, KS to Seattle, WA. This is about a 1,200 mile trip.

[Edited 2005-09-18 22:31:43]


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User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

Let me guess: You ate at McDonald's Wellborn/Holleman, hehe?

However, never seen something looking like wings there. Are you sure? Were the wagons open?

Regards

Frederik



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

Quoting Snaiks (Thread starter):
yesterday i w9as eating in College Station, TX. at about 9pm and a train passed and like 7 or 8 wagons passed with something that looked like plane wings, the wings werent that big. anyone have any info on this?

Only thing I can figure is that the parts came in via the Port of Houston, and BNSF is running them north somewhere. I wouldn't think the parts are destined for Boeing, since Seattle and Long Beach obviously have pretty big ports of their own.

The only manufacturing operations I can think of north of CLL are Bell Helicopter and Aerospatiale, both in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Any chance the parts are of the proper size to be for them?


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

I'm not up to date on the V-22 but the last I knew the wings were being built by Bell and then shipped to Boeing in Philadelphia. I have no idea of the method to be used. This could be a possiblity.


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13140 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

There was a thread a while back about the vandalism that occurs to the 737 fusulage sections in transist from Witchta, KS to WA. Apparently they are often used as target practice by some jerks playing with their rifles and shotguns. This means repairs, additional costs, delays when such vandalized parts get to Renton. While they may have tarps over them, their size and the clearances needed while in transit, limits hard metal coverings.
You could also have knocked down small aircraft, aircraft engines, replacement parts or component parts done at other plants or by subcontractors that will be transported by train.
I would also note that some components for Boeing aircraft made in Asia and other locations are transported by ship, the ships dock near the respective factories, then trucks used to bring them up from the docks.

[Edited 2005-09-19 02:47:27]

User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 3):
EVERY 737 fuselage ever built has been shipped by rail from Wichita, KS to Seattle, WA. This is about a 1,200 mile trip.

You can see them from Interstate 90 on the railroad that crosses Montana between Billings and Butte. Very steep and winding railroad, with lots of massive ore trains. A quite dangerous place to be for these fragile fuselages...

They seemed (logically) to be enveloped in some protective plastic sheet, or they had a protective varnish, but I had to look at the road  alert  and at the amazing mountain ranges as well  cloudnine  so I can't say with certainty what protection they travel with.

[Edited 2005-09-19 03:01:22]


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User currently offlineSnaiks From Panama, joined Mar 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 4):
Let me guess: You ate at McDonald's Wellborn/Holleman, hehe?

However, never seen something looking like wings there. Are you sure? Were the wagons open?

Regards

Frederik

Exactly the place, it was yesterday at arround 9 pm. the wagons were open, a


User currently offline3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3156 times:

Here are a few photos:

737 fuselage in Nebrasks

Two of 'em in Montana

Idaho


And you can buy HO scale rolling stock of the special cars. But, like, who would be such a geek as to track trains, take and look at photos of them, participate in discussion forums about them, play with toys of them? Certainly no one would do that with *airplanes*.  innocent 


User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3135 times:

Quoting 3201 (Reply 10):
But, like, who would be such a geek as to track trains, take and look at photos of them, participate in discussion forums about them, play with toys of them?

Definitely less chance of being hassled by paranoid security services. Who will even see you in the middle of Wyoming?

And why not tracking trains after all? N Am may not have the largest planes, but we have impressively big convoys on our railroads. And they move very slowly, honk all the time, allowing plenty of time to get ready for a great picture!



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User currently offlineKaniksu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3107 times:

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 3):
EVERY 737 fuselage ever built has been shipped by rail from Wichita, KS to Seattle, WA. This is about a 1,200 mile trip.

I saw this once when I was in Wenatchee, WA. I was near the railroad tracks and like 2-3 fuselages passed by on the train. It was the coolest thing I have ever seen. It was probably 10 years ago.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3087 times:

Quoting 3201 (Reply 10):
And you can buy HO scale rolling stock of the special cars

Any for us N scalers?



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User currently offline3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3067 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 13):
Any for us N scalers?

Actually, yes.  Smile


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5929 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3058 times:
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Pretty much anything that is shipped from Wichita to Renton and Everett are shipped via railroad. Some smaller parts are shipped via trucks. Occasionally, there will be some parts (when things get really tight) via AN-124's by Volga-Dnepr.

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3040 times:

Quoting 3201 (Reply 10):
And you can buy HO scale rolling stock of the special cars

I've got a 3-pak of the HO variety. Not terribly good runners, but great conversation starters....



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