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Railroad Work Equipment

Builder Unknown Chicago & North Western 258140
Builder Unknown
Chicago & North Western 258140
Description:Idler Flat for C&NW 262051

Equipment Information

Chicago & North Western 258140 is a standard railroad flat car built for general freight service. It was later used as an “idler” for C&NW crane 262051. Flat cars used for this purpose were known as “idlers” because they didn’t carry anything but simply “sat idle.” The idler’s purpose is to provide a buffer underneath the boom so that the pile driver could be hauled from either direction.