When a freight train is hauling coal, it can have around 135-150 cars. Each car can carry a weight of around175 to 231 tonsof coal. Each car will weigh around 207 to 250 tons while traveling.
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How much does a coal car weigh?
Each loaded coal car (an open-top gondola or bottom dump hopper or bottom dump rapid discharge railcar) weighs an average of 143 tons. Due to this extreme weight, each 125-150 car train requires four to five locomotives, and therefore has at least four times the impacts due to diesel emissions of a single-locomotive train.
How heavy is a train?
How heavy a train is relates to mainly how many cars the locomotive is pulling. A train car weighs between 30-80 tons. Passenger cars like sleepers coaches are heavier than an empty freight car. A train consists of locomotives and cars. In some situations there can be up to 6-8 locomotives for one train, depending on the load and number of cars.
How much do locomotives weigh?
Of that weight 848 tons (1,869,519 lbs) would be the total weight of the locomotives and 18,340 tons (40,432,778 lbs) the total weight of the loaded grain hopper cars. The average locomotive weights around 210-220 tons (465,000 鈥?480,000 lbs). Of course there are many types/models each with different weight, so let鈥檚 look at some examples.
How many cars are in a coal train?
Each of the coal trains would be approximately a mile and a half in length, made up of 125-150 cars, depending on car size and type. There is no cap on the number of trains possible, should the proposed terminal expand capacity in the future.