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The ETTX car pictured here is one the latest tri-level cars, which measure 89'4" long. They have three racks to hold fifteen mid-size or eighteen compact cars. In order to avoid clearance problems, the flatcar is a special low-level design, which can be identified by the cut-outs in the side-sill to allow the trucks to swing out. Unlike other autoracks, which have the usual 33" wheels, these cars are equipped with smaller 28" wheels, which lower the car even more. As a result, these cars have a unique low-slung look to them. See the HO Modeling page for details on the Walthers model.
Location: Alliance, OH   10-8-98
Photo Online: June 19, 2000

Rob Russell - Alliance, OH   10-8-98
ETTX 701252
Rob Russell (92K)

There is good diversity among the Conrail racks when it comes to the panel logos. On this rack, for instance, the logos are painted directly onto the perforated panels. When you look at cars painted in this fashion, notice how the crews had a hard time painting the logos. Also notice the variations among the styles of the 'Quality' logo.
Location: Folkston, GA   2-26-00
Photo Online: April 18, 2000

Robert Waller - Folkston, GA   2-26-00
ETTX 800648
Robert Waller (110K)

This is one nasty autorack! Have you ever gotten frustrated because you had to use individual numbers and letters to make up a car's reporting marks, only to have the decals not line up perfectly? Then take a look at the wobbly marks on this car. Feel better now? I thought you would. A standard tri-level in the TTX scheme.
Location: Folkston, GA   2-26-00
Photo Online: April 18, 2000

Robert Waller - Folkston, GA   2-26-00
ETTX 801837
Robert Waller (113K)

This car is similar to ETTX 701252 pictured above. It has the wide-body rack and low riding flatcar, but there are some differences. Notice the area on the flatcar above the trucks. There is some interesting metal work there where the cutouts should be. You could probably replicate this on the Walthers HO model with some styrene, though I don't know if that would affect operation of the model. An interesting variation to consider for those who like that sort of modeling. This was a loaded rack heading into Tampa on CSX.
Location: Tampa, FL   12-6-97
Photo Online: April 18, 2000

Robert Waller - Tampa, FL   12-6-97
ETTX 850452
Robert Waller (84K)

This is the standard tri-level autorack painted in the older Trailer Train logo.
Location: Rockville, PA   2-93
Photo Online: May 5, 1998

Tom Wolfgang - Rockville, PA   2-93
ETTX 902136
Tom Wolfgang (46K)

Here is another excellent example for those of us who have trouble getting our decals to lay perfectly straight on our models. Notice the angle that Conrail logo is on? Why should we worry about exactness when the prototype didn't? Here is the proof, once again. A standard tri-level enclosed rack in the TTX scheme riding into Tampa, Florida, on CSX.
Location: Tampa, FL   12-6-97
Photo Online: April 18, 2000

Robert Waller - Tampa, FL   12-6-97
ETTX 950266
Robert Waller (96K)

One of the older partially enclosed autoracks carrying a full load of new Pontiac Grand Ams. How do I know that? We have a 1987 Grand Am. It has 165,000 miles and a Railfan On Board bumper sticker on it. This rack still carries its original Penn Central livery well into Conrail. I'd like more prototype and modeling info on these racks, so feel free to contact me.
Location: Kansas City, MO   11-90
Photo Online: December 10, 1999

Will Jamison - Kansas City, MO   11-90
TTKX 801270
Will Jamison (75K)

This car has only the single logo, not the Quality.
Location: California   [no date]
Photo Online: June 19, 2000

Rob Russell
TTQX 802817
Rob Russell (71K)

Another TTQX painted in the Quality scheme.
Location: California   [no date]
Photo Online: June 19, 2000

Rob Russell
TTQX 907041
Rob Russell (77K)

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