This guide is for those who have, are currently, or are planning on running railroad-related loads from American Lines (Union Pacific, or BNSF depending on City). This is formatted to give vital details in a short read. Remember even as virtual regional/OTR truckers, you put SAFETY first. Let’s get going.
Rails come in three types: Ties & spikes (crate), 40ft section, 50ft section.
Wheels come in 33 inches, or 26 inches depending on trailer length.
And the “Tamping machine” (known to railroaders as a “Tamper”) is a low boy load.
I have to point out that you WILL NOT haul locomotives or rolling stock. Even with the standard-sized rolling stock (50 feet), a lowboy will snap axles under its weight unless you have a specific configuration, which is not in ATS unless you plan on paying up the behind. Locomotives such as GE ES44’s (American Lines Locomotive) are hauled by the railroad from point to point, small engines such as GE 50 Ton locomotives can be hauled by specially ordered lowboy trailers that have special groves for the wheel flanges (the part that keeps trains on the track) to sit into.
Your trailer length determines the type of load you get, 28-32ft trailers get ties & spikes, while 40ft & up get either 40ft or 48ft sections of rail.
Sections of rail are always hauled by the host railroad (Union Pacific, or BNSF based on current map geography) to where they are needed. Usually, in the form of welded rail trains, 89ft flatcars built/modified for that purpose, or 60ft “panel” cars. Ties can be bought by the public at home improvement stores, such as Home Store on the map.
Train wheels are very heavy and are to be treated as steel coils, that is if someone break-checks you, bulldoze them. As my dad says; “live to see court”. Trailer type again determines the type of wheel (yes there are types of railroad wheel). 28ft-32ft have 26-inch wheels. This type is commonly used on Autoracks (train cars that carry cars). 40ft-45ft get 33 inch wheels. These are used on most other rolling stock & locomotives. 48ft-53ft get a mixture. The best way to haul these is like steel coils, take it slow, have your GPS handy, and pray.
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