DePippo79 wrote:Dungeon master, I was just stating general numbers. Alot of variety in rail cars. 286,000lbs. or (x) number is the weight capacity of the track/line. CSX Boston Line is rated for 315,000lbs. or less. The line over to the Chelsea Produce Market is only good for 273,000lbs. so you wouldn't see a 160 ton hi cube going over there. Plus you would sardine it into Memorial Drive. Ran trains between Boston and Selkirk, NY for a long time before going into passenger service.
I think I have a way to avoid the car hire cost. I know of one privately owned hopper car. If I could convince the owner to let me use it home free. Wheels will have to have roller bearings. Friction bearings back to the drawing board. Banned from the national rail network. So if my friend will let me use a track, do the paperwork and I can use this hopper car next step would be to find a coal company to ship it to and hopefully load it. Next are the financials. I figure $100.00/ton x 80 $8000.00 plus shipping $3-5000.00. 5-6 railroads involved and they all get a piece. Be set for coal for the next 16 years. Nothng happening this week between work and the holiday.
As I said before this is just a fun project. Renewing alot of old acquaintences. Be cool if I could do it if I found the funds.
ntp71, if only it was that easy. No railroad (maybe a shortline) will want to deal with a single car. How would someone off the street unload it. Talking 80 tons. I still don't know what I would do. Buy a dump truck?The basement of the barn is only so big. Bin in the woods probably. If I can use this hopper car I won't have to worry about demurrage and all that. I could take all the time in the world to unload because the car isn''t owned by another railroad. My friends railroad would be it's home road. If I didn't know my friend I would never bother.
I don't think CSX offers any boxcars rated for over 100 tons, or open hoppers rated for over 110 tons, so there's no real possibility of loads larger than that.
In your $ numbers, you might get a price break for buying 80 tons (though $100/ton seems low), but I don't think the mines will give you any meaningful break for shipping by rail vs. truck. On the transportation side, you could spend approximately the same $50/ton and get the coal delivered to its actual destination(s) at a time of your choosing without buying a dump truck, providing a loader, etc. I like the concept of a carload shipment, but the reality is it normally could only be accomplished at higher cost and lower convenience relative to trucking.