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#1
Caught a pair of Jolly Green Giant hoppers on a CP Freight.





How many of these cars still roam North America, It has been about 15 years since the merger.
 

cajon

Active Member
#2
If they aren't over 40 years old there should be plenty left merger or not. No RR is going to spend alot of money just to have them in a merger paint scheme. They still show in SoCal.
 

kjd

Go make something!
#3
I'd guess thousands. The 471xxx series cars were new in the early 1990s so they have lots of life yet.
 

cv_acr

Active Member
#4
There are lots of cars that have been renumbered and repainted into BNSF markings, but also a great many that are still in BN or ATSF paint and markings.

In that second picture, coupled to the left of the BN hopper is a BNSF hopper built by FMC that is of a pre-merger vintage, so that is one example of a remarked and repainted car, probably also ex-BN.
 
#5
Dude, where are you located cuz no joke I am in Pennsylvania and I saw the EXACT same train on the main near my house today stopped on a bridge. I wanted to get a pic but it was gone when I went back. Same SF hopper next to the BN car, same everything. I am nearly 99% positive that it was the same train cuz I went "holy crap, I saw a picture of that train the other day!!!"
 
#7
I passed a coal train the other day, and at least 1/3 of the cars were BN.......in fact they outnumbered the BNSF merger scheme cars and were about equal in number to the BNSF swoosh cars. I still see a fair number of BN covered hoppers. There are 2 SD40's running around here with only the BNSF logo patched onto the cabs, and the other morning I was sitting at the crossing and a pair of white faced SD60's or 70's (it was dark, so it was a brief glimpse) that weren't patched at all flashed thru behind a HeritageSD70Ace. There's also a lot of BN woodchipcars around here.
 





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