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    Default Need advice on 90s Conrail container trains

    Hello! I'm modeling 90s Conrail and I need some advice on what a stack/piggy back train would have looked like. Specifically, I need help with the container brands. Was a train typically either all domestic or international or mixed. If mixed, were they mixed on a single car, or would both layers be typically domestic or international? What names were commonly seen with each other. Any additional information to help me make up my train would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    Here is a pic a piggy back train https://books.google.com/books?id=wD...trains&f=false

    I did an internet search on CR piggy back
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    From what I recall living along the Delaware River on the NY-PA border , they were mostly SeaLand piggy back. I believe that was called the Southern Tier line for CR but I wasn't exactly paying attention to those sorts of details in those days.
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    Thanks, guys! I appreciate the info thus far!

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    Would there have been mixed container trains? Meaning, would there be domestic mixed with international containers on one train, or would it be pretty much all domestic or international? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayareed View Post
    Would there have been mixed container trains? Meaning, would there be domestic mixed with international containers on one train, or would it be pretty much all domestic or international? Thank you!

    There are mixed container trains, they're more common in the midwest/interior of the US than in the coasts, as international export/import runs are more common due to the proximity of the major ports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayareed View Post
    Hello! I'm modeling 90s Conrail and I need some advice on what a stack/piggy back train would have looked like. Specifically, I need help with the container brands. Was a train typically either all domestic or international or mixed. If mixed, were they mixed on a single car, or would both layers be typically domestic or international? What names were commonly seen with each other. Any additional information to help me make up my train would be appreciated. Thank you!
    In the '90s. container trains carrier 20 & 40 footers for international and 45 and 48 -footers for domestic. 53' containers hadn't existed yet.

    I know Contrail partnered with some of the western railroads for container landbridge traffic. I believe (but am not 100% sure) they were the east coast carrier of SP's (and later UP's) APL land bridges.

    For domestic containers, I know Conrail was a partner with UP and NS in the EMP (Equipment Management Pool), so EMP 48' boxes would be common on CR domestic container trains.

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    This book
    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conr...lor/1001378686
    showes more than 40 pics of Conrail intermodal trains in its first chapter, taken between 1989 and 1992.

    Not a cheep way to get information, but the book is worth its price. At the start of the chapters Taylor gives general information about each commodity, and there are thorough facts with every single picture.

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    Thanks Karl!

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