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Coal train through Wisconsin Rapids .

Coal train through Wisconsin Rapids

It's been a while since I've seen a Weston coal train come through Wisconsin Rapids, and I only had to wait a few minutes for them to come into view.
Their schedule can vary a lot. One might be northbound in the evening, another day there might be a southbound in the evening.

This one is southbound empty, and will probably layover for a crew change at Witt siding in less than a half hour.

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There are 3- and 4-bay hoppers.
Will the length difference work with a rotary dumper?
But I didn't pay attention if there is any length difference between these 3-and 4-bay hoppers.

Does Weston have a rotary, or do they just use gravity down through the doors?

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And I didn't notice something until a month after taking these pictures.
The color marks show the regular coupler or rotary coupler? Just keep all the color marks the same way.
The south end of this train has the marks on the south end. And the north end has the marks on the north end.
So I guess somewhere in the middle of this train, the colors must have switched directions.
I suppose they split this train in two for shorter cuts for unloading.
The color mark change maybe marks an easy way to find the middle of the train for the cut.
And then there is no problem with couplers being incompatible during rotary unloading.
I didn't count the cars.

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There's a variety of cars. One four-bay had a shiny angle, maybe a repair, in the middle of the car.

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