There are six regular manifest trains a day, a weekly train from Drake and a three day a week long distance local. Following the symbol is the rough schedule time when the train is scheduled to leave Barstow (B), go through Flagstaff (F), Gallup (G), and Clovis (C). With some manifest trains running up to 24 hours late, the only way to tell them apart is by observing the freight cars that are in each train. Ted Ferkenhoff supplied some information for this report. Average late times were calculated with January 2019 data. Revised 2-7-2019.
Origin and destination codes used in this section:
BAR Barstow, CA
BEL Belen, NM
DKA Drake, AZ
GAL Galesburg, IL
KCK Kansas City, KS
KGM Kingman, AZ
LUB Lubbock, TX
PHX Phoenix, AZ
TPL Temple, TX
TUL Tulsa, OK
WIN Winslow, AZ
HBARBEL1 B 1000, F 2000, G 0300, power can vary from 2 to 4 units, near the front will be a group of 2 to 26 3 bay pneumatic covered hoppers, further back in the train will be small groups of 3 and 4 bay covered hoppers, generally around 4 but could be up to 9 centerbeam flats with white covered loads, groups of 2 to 33 tank cars, a few woodchip gons, not a lot of boxcars, rarely has coil cars (open or covered). Depending on traffic, it may have very few to as many as 25 mill gondolas and bulkhead flats with steel plates, may have a small group of autoracks, and may have some empty wells. It sometimes has a large group of tank cars (19-27) on the rear. The average performance was 8 hours late.
HBARGAL1 B 1300, F 2300, G 0500, C 1700, power can vary from 3 to 5 units and occasionally has a DPU unit on the rear. It usually has a few mechanical reefers on or near the front. In contrast to the HBARBEL, the HBARGAL has a lot of boxcars, often around 50. It often has lots of corn sweetener tank cars toward the rear. The rest of the train may include a few empty bulkhead flats, empty flats, empty gondolas, covered hoppers, empty coil cars, and autoracks. Performance varied from 18 hours ahead to 22 hours late.
HBARKCK1 B 0700, F 1700, G 2200, C 1201, power is generally 3 or 4 units, the power desk may move units east, so the train could have up to 10 units, obviously not all are on-line. A distinctive feature of the train will be 1 or 2 flat cars with wheel sets returning to the wheel shop in Kansas City. The other feature is a block of 30 to 75 BNSF 3 bay covered hoppers on the rear. These are usually set out at Wellington for mills and grain elevators in that area. This is another train with very few boxcars, it is mostly Procor and ADM tank cars with covered hoppers. It may have a few cryotrans reefers, autoracks, and empty wells. Performance varied from 2 hours ahead to 31 hours late.
HBARMEM1 B 0500, F 1600, G 0001 C 1201 began operating four days a week in December 2018. It ususally has 4 units and performance averaged 16 hours ahead of schedule. I only had one chance to observe the train. It had a group of 17 boxcars near the front, the other 11 boxcars were spread thru the rest of the train. It had one group of 9 4 bay covered hoppers toward the rear, with the others having 2, 3 or 4 bays spread thru the rest of the train. Tank cars followed the same pattern with a group of 11 toward the rear and the other 22 spread thru the rest of the train. Other cars were the ususal: 1 empty hopper, 3 covered coil cars, 1 empty woodchip gon, 1 cryotrans, 1 empty centerbeam flat. The only unusual thing was 10 empty 40ft wells for double stack containers toward the front.
HBARTPL1 B 0300, F 1300, G 1800, C 0500, changed from the HBARLUB1 to the HBARTPL1 during July 2018. The HBARLUB usually had 4 units while the HBARTPL had 2 or 3 units. Both the HBARLUB and HBARTUL handle cryotrans cars, these look like mechanical reefers but don't have the refrigerator unit on the end. The majority of the covered hoppers will have 4 bays and a few 3 bay covered hoppers. It also handled woodchip gons covered with tarps and may on occasion carry military vehicles. HBARLUB generally had no coil cars. It sometimes had around 10 mill gondolas with pipe and around 10 hoppers or woodchip gons with old crossties. Performance varied from 11 hours ahead to 15 hours late.
HBARTUL1 B 1000, F 2000, G 0200, C 1600, usually 4 units. Both the HBARLUB and HBARTUL handle cryotrans cars, these look like mechanical reefers but don't have the refrigerator unit on the end. On both trains, the majority of the covered hoppers will have 4 bays and a few 3 bay covered hoppers. Both trains also handle a few woodchip gons covered with tarps and may on occasion carry military vehicles. HBARTUL generally has empty coil cars or covered coil cars (up to 50). Performance varied from nearly on-time to 31 hours late.
HPHXBEL1 F 1000, G 1800, 1 to 3 units, most of the flat cars, bulkhead flats and centerbeam cars will be empty. There may be two mill gondolas with scrap metal. Other cars will be a few boxcars (4 to 8), some covered coil cars (5 to 12), and a few other 3 and 4 bay covered hoppers. There will be a group of 10 or more tank cars on or near the rear. Performance varied from 2 hours ahead to 6 hours late.
MDKAWIN1 F 0700 2 units with a few 3 bay covered hoppers (I think these are hauling fly ash from the cement plants) and around 60 empty BNSF, JDSX and CMHX coal hoppers. The train started operating on Sunday June 17, 2018 operating once a week and has then shifted to Friday. The schedule now is Thursday and Sunday. The combination of coal hoppers and pneumatic covered hoppers make this train unique from all of the others manifest trains.
MKGMWIN F 0400 Mon, Wed and Fri may have 3 or 4 units and tonnage can reach 5,000 tons at times. I've only seen the train once on 8-21-2018. It had 3 units with 1 4 bay pneumatic covered hopper and 20 3 bay covered hoppers.
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