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 some trains had some 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
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. The train averaged 60-16:7313T 5075ft with a 1.44 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 9 hours ahead to 30 hours late with the average at almost 9 hours late.

HBELPHX1 G 0200, F 1300, power is 3 or 4 units, sometimes 3+1. The train averaged 65-12:8712T 4496ft with a 1.94 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.

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 train averaged 71-24:9945T 5669ft with a 1.75 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 2 autoracks, 14 boxcars, 2 2 bay covered hoppers, 1 3 bay pneumatic cement covered hopper, 8 3 bay covered hoppers, 4 4 bay covered hoppers, 2 bulkhead flats, 1 centerbeam flat, 1 flat cars, 9 mill gondolas, 4 cryotrans, 3 mechanical reefers, 37 tank cars, plus some empty bulkhead flats, empty centerbeam flats, coal hoppers, empty flat cars, empty mill gondolas, woodchip gons, and coil cars. Performance varied from 50 hours ahead to over 80 hours late with the average at around 5 and a half 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 2 autoracks, 6 boxcars, 17 3 bay covered hoppers, 6 4 bay covered hoppers, 2 flat cars, 1 mill gondola, 4 cryotrans, 2 mechanical reefers, 43 tank cars, plus some 5 bay covered hoppers, bulkhead flats, centerbeam flats, covered coil cars, covered 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 82-8:11162T 5470ft with a 2.04 tons per linear foot ratio. Performance varied from 7 hours ahead to 54 hours late with the average at over 16 hours late. 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. This new operation has basically eliminated the HKCKBAR from the line-up. The manifest traffic on these trains has averaged 6 boxcars, 11 3 bay covered hoppers, 2 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 bulkhead flat, 1 loaded flat car, 2 cryotrans, 2 mechanical reefers, 20 tank cars, plus some coal hoppers, and mill gondolas. Trains have also operated as SKCKLHA, SKCKLBE, and SKCKLBT during July.

HSLABAR1 C 1800, G 1100, F 1700, B 0600, usual power is a 3+1 configuration and occasionally 4+1 or 3+2. The train averaged 75-21:10084T 6068ft with a 1.66 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 have marine double stack traffic on the front bound for the Los Angeles harbor. One train had the stacks on the rear. The manifest traffic on these trains averaged 1 autorack, 10 boxcars, 3 3 bay covered hoppers, 18 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 bulkhead flat, 2 centerbeam flats, 1 mill gondola, 2 woodchip gons, 1 cryotran, 1 mechanical reefer, 1 covered coil car, 15 tank cars, plus some 5 bay covered hoppers, 3 bay coal hoppers, empty bulkhead flats, empty centerbeam flats, coal hoppers, and empty flat cars. Performance for SSLASCO1varied from almost 2 hours ahead to 18 hours late with the average at 5 hours 20 minutes late.

HTULBAR1 C 1900, G 0900, F 1600, B 0500 usual power is a 3+1 configuration. The train averaged 60-20:8178T 5003ft with a 1.63 tons per linear foot ratio. The average train had 2 autoracks, 23 boxcars, 3 2 bay covered hoppers, 8 3 bay covered hoppers, 4 4 bay covered hoppers, 1 3 bay coal hopper, 8 bulkhead flats, 2 centerbeam flats, 2 empty centerbeam flats, 1 coal hopper, 2 flat cars, 1 empty flat car, 4 mill gondolas, 5 woodchip gons with covers, 1 cryotran, 1 mechanical reefers, 22 tank cars, plus some 5 bay covered hoppers, empty coal hoppers, empty mill gondolas, empty woodchip gons, coil cars, covered coil cars, covered gondolas. 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 2 hours 15 minutes late.

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. Performance of 9 trains varied from 8 hours ahead to 5 hours late with the average at 2 hours late.

The following is a tally of the H train symbols that have run at least 10 times during the first part of 2019.
87 HBELBAR1
73 HBELPHX1
70 HGALBAR1
67 HKCKBAR1
91 HSLABAR1
94 HTULBAR1

Revised 7-29-2019 with data collected Jan to mid-July 2019

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