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Railroad Work Equipment

Builder Unknown Chicago & North Western X250958
Builder Unknown
Chicago & North Western X250958
Description:Idler Flat for C&NW X261709

Equipment Information

C&NW X250958 is a railroad flat car assigned for use with a crane, in this case C&NW pile driver X261709. 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.

Builder: ???
Year Built: ???
Length: 49ft
Width: 10ft 3in
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 46400 lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: Bettendorf
Description: Idler Flat for 261709
Arrived: 1980
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational