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Happy Holiday Railway - Weekends through Dec. 18

Railroad Work Equipment

Builder Unknown Chicago & Western Indiana 1772
Builder Unknown
Chicago & Western Indiana 1772
Description:Idler Flat for CE 19

Equipment Information

C&WI 1772 is a railroad flat car assigned for use with a crane, in this case ComEd 19. 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 of the crane so that the crane could be hauled from either direction. Car 1772 is unusual in that it was originally a boxcar, not a flat car at all, and had its body cut down to floor level when it was made into an idler.

Builder: ???
Year Built: ???
Length: 44ft 10in
Width: 9ft 10in
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 31900 lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: American Steel Foundry
Description: Idler Flat for Commonwealth Edison 19
Arrived: 1984
Condition: Complete / unrestored / operational

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