General Manifest Trains Westward

There are six regular manifest trains a day, a weekly train to Drake 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. Ted Ferkenhoff supplied some information for this report. Average late times were calculated with January 2019 data. Revised 5-23-2019.

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
PHX Phoenix, AZ
SLA Slaton, TX
TUL Tulsa, OK
WIN Winslow, AZ

HBELBAR1 G 2200, F 0200, B 1100, power is often 4 units, sometimes in a 3+1 configuration. It often has a group of 3 to 40 autoracks near the front, 1 or 2 covered coil cars near the front, 5 to 20 2 bay covered hoppers, generally less than 10 boxcars. The rest of the train is mostly covered hoppers and tank cars. It may also have a few empty centerbeam flats and a few mill gondolas. The average train had 15 autoracks (usually near the front of the train), 6 boxcars, 2 2 bay covered hoppers, 3 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hoppers, 8 3 bay covered hoppers, 2 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 empty centerbeam flats, 2 loaded flat cars, 5 mill gondolas, 1 empty mill gondolas, 1 woodchip gons, 1 coil car, 3 covered coil cars (also near the front of the train), 20 tank cars along with the occasional bulkhead flat, centerbeam flat, empty coal hoppers, and empty flat car. The train averaged 60-16:7313T 5075ft with a 1.44 tons per linear foot ratio. The train is generally within 2 hours of its schdule.

HBELPHX1 G 0200, F 1300, power is 3 or 4 units, sometimes 3+1. The average train had 1 autorack, 9 boxcars, 5 2 bay covered hoppers, 5 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hoppers, 7 3 bay covered hoppers, 2 4 bay covered hoppers, 3 3 bay coal hoppers, 1 bulkhead flat, 6 centerbeam flats, 2 flat cars, 2 mill gondolas, 1 empty mill gondola, 3 covered coil cars, and 26 tank cars. The centerbeam flats usually had lumber or covered loads and the bulkhead flats had either steel beams or pipe. The train averaged 65-12:8712T 4496ft with a 1.94 tons per linear foot ratio. Performance varied from 1 to 24 hours late.

HGALBAR1 C 0400 G 1900, F 0100, B 1000 usually 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 average train had 16 boxcars, 8 3 bay covered hoppers, 4 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 bulkhead flat, 8 mill gondolas, 1 woodchip gons, 5 cryotrans, 3 mechanical reefers, and 45 tank cars with the occasional 2 bay covered hopper. The train averaged 71-24:9945T 5669ft with a 1.75 tons per linear foot ratio. This train was exceptional for running ahead of schedule and varied from 32 hours ahead to just 6 hours late.

HKCKBAR1 C 0700, G 2000, F 0300, B 1800, usual power is a 3+1 or 3+2 configuration. The average train had 7 boxcars, 18 3 bay covered hoppers, 7 4 bay covered hoppers, 2 flat cars, 1 mill gondolas, 4 cryotrans, 2 mechanical reefers, and 47 tank cars with the occasional 5 bay covered hopper, bulkhead flat, centerbeam flat, covered coil car, and covered gondola. Many of the tank cars are for corn sweeteners and it often has a flat car with wheel sets. The train averaged 82-8:11162T 5470ft with a 2.04 tons per linear foot ratio. Performance varied from 1 hour ahead to 35 hours late.

HSLABAR1 C 1800, G 1100, F 1700, B 0600, usual power is a 3+1 configuration and occasionally 4+1 or 3+2. The average train had 1 autorack, 22 boxcars, 1 2 bay covered hopper, 1 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hopper, 4 3 bay covered hoppers, 18 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 5 bay covered hopper, 1 bulkhead flat, 1 centerbeam flat, 1 empty centerbeam flat, 1 flat car, 1 mill gondola, 1 cryotrans, 1 mechanical reefer, 1 covered coil car, 37 tank cars. 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. The train averaged 75-21:10084T 6068ft with a 1.66 tons per linear foot ratio. It is usually an early evening train thru Flagstaff, though it did vary from 2 hours ahead to 16 hours late.

HTULBAR1 C 1900, G 0900, F 1600, B 0500 usual power is a 3+1 configuration. The average train had 2 autoracks, 25 boxcars, 3 2 bay covered hoppers, 10 3 bay covered hoppers, 4 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 3 bay coal hoppers, 8 bulkhead flats, 2 centerbeam flats, 2 empty centerbeam flats, 0 empty coal hoppers, 2 flat cars, 4 mill gondolas, 5 woodchip gons, 1 cryotrans, 1 mechanical reefers, and 23 tank cars with the occasional 5 bay covered hopper, coil car, covered coil car, or covered gondola. It may have a gondola with coiled wire, woodchip gons with covers. 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. The train averaged 60-20:8178T 5003ft with a 1.63 tons per linear foot ratio. Performance varied from 34 hours ahead to 31 hours late.

MWINDKA1 F 1500 started using 4 units with around 60 loads of coal in BNSF, JDSX and CMHX hoppers. The train will also have around 25 3 bay pneumatic covered hoppers and a few BNSF regular 3 bay covered hoppers for the cement plants at Drake and Clarkdale. The train terminates at Drake, 19 miles south of Ash Fork. The train started on Saturday June 16, 2018 operating once a week. The schedule then changed to Thursday as the train on 8-9-2018 had 2 units and 35 loads of coal and 18 covered hoppers. The schedule now appears to be Wednesday and Saturday with the power returning the following day. The combination of coal hoppers and pneumatic covered hoppers make this train unique from all of the others manifest trains.

MWINKGM F 2300 Sun, Tue and Thur often has 4 units. This goes through late at night and so far I haven't had the chance to see it. It handles traffic for Winona, Flagstaff, Bellemont (set out at Flagstaff) and the lime plant at Nelson. The train averaged 31-21:4718T 3194ft with a 1.48 tons per linear foot ratio.

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