General Manifest Trains Westward

There are six regular manifest trains a day and a three day a week long distance local. Following the symbol is the rough schedule time when the train is scheduled through Clovis (C), Gallup (G), Flagstaff (F) and arrive at Barstow (B). With some manifest trains running over 24 hours late, the only way to tell them apart is by observing the freight cars that are in each train. When a description says some, it means that the train had a few of these types of cars, but not enough to raise the average above 0.5. Following the symbol train description is a pie chart showing the proportions of the cars within each train. This should make it much easier to identify trains by the cars in the consist. Don't expect the same type of car to be the same color in all of the charts. Ted Ferkenhoff supplied some information for this report.

Origin and destination codes used in this section:
BAR Barstow, CA
BEL Belen, NM
GAL Galesburg, IL
KCK Kansas City, KS
KGM Kingman, AZ
PHX Phoenix, AZ
SCO Southern California On-dock (Pacific Harbor Lines sorting yard)
SLA Slaton, TX
TUL Tulsa, OK
WIN Winslow, AZ

HBELBAR1 G 1400, F 2230, B 1100, power is generally 4 or 5 units, in a 3+1 or 4+1 configuration. The train averaged 58-18:7157T 5021ft with a 1.43 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 21 autoracks (usually near the front of the train), 5 boxcars, 2 2 bay covered hoppers, 3 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hoppers, 10 3 bay covered hoppers, 3 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 empty centerbeam flat, 1 loaded flat car, 6 mill gondolas, 1 empty mill gondola, 1 woodchip gons, 1 loaded coil car, 3 covered coil cars (also near the front of the train), 21 tank cars, plus some ballast hoppers, loaded or empty bulkhead flats, centerbeam flats, empty coal hoppers, empty flat cars, mechanical reefers. Performance varied from 10 hours ahead to 30 hours late with the average at 10 hours late.

HBELBAR1 pie chart

HBELPHX1 G 0700, F 1630, power is 3 or 4 units, sometimes 3+1. The train averaged 58-11:7677T 4019ft with a 1.91 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 2 autoracks, 9 boxcars, 4 2 bay covered hoppers, 7 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hoppers, 6 3 bay covered hoppers, 2 4 bay covered hoppers, 7 3 bay coal hoppers, 2 bulkhead flats, 5 centerbeam flats, 5 coal hoppers, 1 flat car, 3 mill gondolas, 1 empty mill gondola, 3 covered coil cars, and 23 tank cars. The centerbeam flats usually had lumber or covered loads and the bulkhead flats had either steel beams or pipe. Performance varied from 6 hours ahead to 55 hours late with the average at 12 hours late.

HBELPHX1 pie chart

HGALBAR1 C 2100, G 1400, F 2030, B 1201, usually had 4 units in a 3+1 configuration. However it occasionally has a group of sick units going to the Barstow shop for repair, so these trains may have 9 or 10 units. The train averaged 69-17:9338T 5127ft with a 1.82 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 5 autoracks, 15 boxcars, 34 tank cars, 3 cryotrans, 3 mechanical reefers, 1 covered coil car, 1 2 bay covered hopper, 7 3 bay covered hoppers, 3 4 bay covered hoppers, 2 bulkhead flats, 1 centerbeam flat, 1 flat car, 9 mill gondolas, 1 woodchip gon, plus some coil cars, covered gondolas, 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hoppers, 3 bay coal hoppers, empty bulkhead flats, empty centerbeam flats, empty flat cars, or empty mill gondolas. Performance varied from 50 hours ahead to over 80 hours late with the average at around 10 and a half hours late.

HGALBAR1 pie chart

HKCKBAR9 C 0700, G 2000, F 0330, B 1700 It began running again occasionally in late October of 2019. The HKCKBAR1 had been running for years. In early 2019 the usual power configuration was 3+1 or 3+2. In June some westbound marine stack trains began picking up manifest for Barstow at Kansas City. I think most of these originate as SLPCSCO at Logistics Park Chicago and are resymboled as SKCKSCO at Kansas City. Other times the train may leave Kansas City with manifest traffic and add Logistics Park Kansas marine double stack traffic at Gardener. This new operation basically eliminated the HKCKBAR from the line-up. The average HKCKBAR9 had 2 autoracks, 6 boxcars, 47 tank cars, 4 cryotrans, 2 mechanical reefers, 19 3 bay covered hoppers, 6 4 bay covered hoppers, 2 flat cars, 1 mill gondola, sometimes a few covered coil cars, covered gondolas, 5 bay covered hoppers, bulkhead flats, or centerbeam flats. The train averaged 81-10:11038T 5553ft with a 1.99 tons per linear foot ratio. Performance was an average of 17 hours late.

HKCKBAR9 pie chart

SKCKSCO1 C 0700, G 2000, F 0300, B 1800, The average train had 138 marine boxes, 3 boxcars, 19 tank cars, 3 cryotrans, 2 mechanical reefers, 10 3 bay covered hoppers, 3 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 flat car, some covered coil cars, bulkhead flats, or mill gondolas. Many of the tank cars were for corn sweeteners and it often had a flat car with wheel sets near the middle of the train. The train averaged 112-4:11390T 9408ftt with a 1.21 tons per linear foot ratio with various power combinations: 2+2+2, 3+3, 3+2, 2+2+1, or 2+2. The average performance was 9 and a half hours late. Trains have also operated as SKCKLHA, SKCKLBE, and SKCKLBT during July.

SKCKSCO1 pie chart

HSLABAR1 C 1800, G 1400, F 2030, B 1100, usual power is a 3+1 configuration and occasionally 4+1 or 3+2. The train averaged 76-18:10123T 5924ft with a 1.71 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 1 autorack, 23 boxcars, 4 3 bay covered hoppers, 20 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 5 bay covered hopper, 1 bulkhead flats, 1 centerbeam flat, 1 empty centerbeam flats, 1 flat car, 1 mill gondolas, 1 cryotran, 1 covered coil cars, 35 tank cars, plus some 2 bay covered hoppers, 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hoppers, empty bulkhead flats, empty mill gondolas, woodchip gons, and mechanical reefers. Interesting features are some SHDX 3 bay airslide covered hoppers and a few LTCX chemical tank cars with no domes. Occasionally it will have some woodchip gons with dark covers. It is usually an early evening train thru Flagstaff. Performance varied from 12 hours ahead to 42 hours late with the average at 7 and a half hours late. Beginning near the end of March 2019, some of the trains operated as SSLASCO1, setting the manifest traffic off at Barstow. These trains usually have all 40ft marine double stack containers on the front bound for the Los Angeles harbor. I think these are loaded with cotton and are bound for India and Bangladesh. One train had the stacks on the rear. The manifest traffic on these trains averaged 13 boxcars, 16 tank cars, 1 cryotrans, 1 mechanical reefer, 1 covered coil car, 3 3 bay covered hoppers, 19 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 bulkhead flat, 2 centerbeam flats, 1 mill gondola, 2 woodchip gons, plus some 5 bay covered hoppers, 3 bay coal hoppers, empty bulkhead flats, empty centerbeam flats, flat cars, or empty flat cars. The SSLASCO1 averaged 75-13:9303T 6406ft with a 1.45 tons per linear foot ratio with power in a 5+2 configuration on the heaviest trains, but more often 4+1 or 3+1. Performance for SSLASCO1 varied from almost 2 hours ahead to 18 hours late with the average at 8 hours 10 minutes late.

HSLABAR1 pie chart

SSLASCO1 pie chart

HTULBAR1 C 1900, G 1000, F 1530, B 0600 usual power is a 3+1 configuration. The train averaged 60-17:8092T 4831ft with a 1.67 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 1 autorack, 24 boxcars, 24 tank cars, 2 cryotrans, 1 mechanical reefer, 1 coil car, 2 2 bay covered hoppers, 8 3 bay covered hoppers, 4 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 3 bay coal hopper, 7 bulkhead flats, 2 centerbeam flats, 1 empty centerbeam flat, 2 flat cars, 4 mill gondolas, 1 empty mill gondola, 5 woodchip gons, some covered coil cars, covered gondolas, 5 bay covered hoppers, empty coal hoppers, empty flat cars, empty woodchip gons. Regular flat cars, bulkhead flats, or gondolas may be loaded with pipe. Centerbeam flats or bulkhead flats usually have structural steel plate or steel beams. Occasionally a gondola will have coiled wire. Performance varied from 18 hours ahead to 39 hours late with the average at 5 and a half hours late.

HTULBAR1 pie chart

Revised 2-26-2019 with data collected from 2019

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