The Long Line of Auto Racks

Auto rack trains aren’t the most attractive trains on the rails. Their tall and solid profile blocks your view of other tracks and trains, particularly if you are railfanning in Berea and a CSX auto rack train comes past on the the track closest to you.

As unit trains, they also tend to have a consistent appearance, although even that is not as uniform as, say, a tank car or coal train, because some auto rack cars might have slightly different sizes and colors.

As an example of the latter, look at the roofs of the cars above in an eastbound auto rack train rolling through Marion on the CSX Mt. Victory Subdivision.

Some roofs are white while others are a silver gray. Some cars feature yellow on their sides, but others are white.

Still, something about these auto racks caught my eye and captured my imagination.

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