Freight Car Friday #27 – WC 35021


One of a pair of WC flatcars at Agawa Canyon Park loaded with dumpsters on July 28, 2014. Since there is no way in or out of the park except by rail, this constitutes the waste collection and garbage service for Agawa Canyon. Prior to the CN takeover, this service had a couple of AC 2300 series cars assigned.

This car (and its twin coupled next to it) are from WC series 35000-35049, a 50 car group acquired from Kimberly-Clark in 1993. Originally built as pulpwood cars with side stakes in 1977 by National Steel Car, the stakes were removed when acquired and renumbered by Wisconsin Central.

The cars that were later acquired by WC in 1997 as AC 238500-238559 were also originally part of the same original batch of 150 Kimberly-Clark  cars (KCWX 1000-1149).

Freight Car Friday #16 – AC 238544

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AC 238544 seems to have been involved in a recent mishap when photographed by Blair Smith at Steelton yard in 2001. This is one of 60 cars acquired in late 1997 by Wisconsin Central for pulpwood service and assigned to the ACR. It was originally one of a group of 150 cars built by National Steel Car in 1977 for Kimberly Clark and used to transport pulpwood logs to a pulp mill in Terrace Bay, Ontario. Eventually however this fleet was dispersed.