Westward Z Trains

Z trains haul a mixture of JB Hunt, Schneider, and Swift containers in double stack well cars along with trailers from other trucking companies (a list appears below). One of the spotting features of Z trains is UPS and FedEx containers and trailers along with trucking company trailers. On the surface these trains may all look the same but there are subtle differences. Matson, CH Robinson, COFC, and APL Logistics 53ft containers will also appear in these Z trains just like they did on Q trains, but again these appear to be quite random and not an indicator for any particular train symbol. One spotting feature for LAC trains is domestic 53ft containers sitting on top of marine containers.

The following trucking compainies ship their trailers via BNSF on the Transcon: ABF, Alliance Shippers, Amazon, Averitt Express, Best Solution, Bold, CDN, Celadon, Central Transport, Clipper, Compass Lease, Dart, Estes, FFE, Freymiller, Global, Go2, Greif, Hercules, JKC, KLLM, Knight, Liv, Marten, McKinney, PGS 360, Polaris, Premier, Prime, R&L, Radiant, Roadrunner, RRM, Southern Refrigerated, Stevens, TemStar, Transport America, Transtar, TransWest, US Xpress, Vermont Rwy, Vision Express, Vitran, Walmart, Werner, Wheels, White Arrow, Xtra, and YRC (combination of Yellow and Roadway).

In the trailer count, I did not include containers from JB Hunt, Schneider, or Swift that were riding on spine cars as these containers are already included in the count of containers on double stack cars. I did count marine containers on chassis as these were not included in the count of containers on double stack cars. Trailers and containers from FedEx and UPS have their own separate counts.

Here are the main intermodal terminals codes:
ALT Alliance Yard (north of Fort Worth) TX
ATG Atlanta, GA
LAC Hobart Yard in Los Angeles, CA
LPK Logistics Park Kansas (near Gardener) KS
MEM Memphis, TN
NBY North Bay (near Richmond) CA
NYC Croxton, NJ near New York
PHX Phoenix, AZ
SBD San Bernardino, CA
STO Stockton, CA
WSP Willow Springs (west of Chicago) IL

Following the train symbol is the time when the train is scheduled through Flagstaff in military time, so 1300 is 1 PM. Following the scheduled time will be a indication of how often that symbol was observed over a 20 day period and the power configurations. For example 4/20 2 units 3x 4 units 1x means that the train was seen and logged 4 times during the 20 day period. It had 2 units 3 times and 4 units once.

ZALTPHX7 1300 Sun 4/20 2 units 3x 4 units 1x. One train was double stacks followed by spine cars. Most trains were short blocks of double stacks interspresed with short blocks of spine cars. Collectively, it averaged 43 JB Hunt, 6 Schneider, 3 Swift, 5 FedEx containers, and 10 UPS containers with 12 UPS vans, and 13 truck trailers.

ZALTSBD7 1100 Sun,Mon 10/20 4 units 8x 3 units 2x. Most trains were double stacks followed by spine cars. Occasionally there would be a second block of double stacks on the rear. It averaged 51 JB Hunt, 3 Schneider, 3 Swift, 10 FedEx containers, with 4 FedEx vans, 8 UPS vans, and 36 truck trailers.

ZALTSBD9 0800 Wed-Fri 9/20 4 units 8x 3 units 1x. Most trains were double stacks followed by spine cars. Occasionally there would be a short second block of double stacks with FedEx containers on the rear. It averaged 81 JB Hunt, 8 Schneider, 7 Swift, 17 FedEx containers. About half the time it had some FedEx vans and occasionally had some UPS vans. Truck trailers varied from 12 to 44.

ZALTSTO9 1000 10/20 4 units 10x averaged 50 JB Hunt, 12 Schneider, 3 Swift, FedEx boxes, varied from none to 14 and had 1 UPS van, once. Most trains were double stacks followed by spine cars. The train does't carry very many truck trailers, averaging just 5 per train.

ZATGSBD7 2100 9/20 3 units 8x 2 units 1x averaged 84 JB Hunt, 22 Schneider, 18 Swift, and 5 FedEx containers. The train does't carry very many truck trailers, averaging just 6 per train. Often the spine cars are mixed in with the double stacks and carry more containers than trailers. No UPS on these trains.

ZLPKLAC7 0100 Mon,Tue 7/20 5 units 6x 4 units 1x averaged 58 JB Hunt, 8 Schneider, 11 Swift, 8 UPS containers 5 FedEx containers. Marine containers averaged 20, although the counts varied from 3 to 38. Trailers averaged 26 truck trailers, 8 UPS vans, and 4 FedEx vans.

ZLPKLAC9 2200 Tue-Thr 7/20 5 units 6x 3 units 1x 66 JB Hunt, 5 Schneider, 8 Swift, 7 UPS containers and 3 FedEx containers. Marine containers averaged 23, although the counts varied from 6 to 40. Trailers averaged 15 truck trailers, 5 UPS vans, 1 FedEx vans.

ZLPKNBY7 1400 6/20 3 units 4x 2 units 2x averaged 85 JB Hunt, 17 Schneider, 1 Swift, 8 FedEx boxes, 5 FedEx vans, 19 UPS containers 2 UPS vans, and 29 truck trailers.

ZMEMLAC7 2300 8/20 3 units 7x 4 units 1x averaged 103 JB Hunt, 16 Schneider, 7 Swift, 5 FedEx boxes, and 12 truck trailers. Most trains had around 50 40ft marine containers, but one train had none. On those trains with marine containers, the number of 53ft on 40ft boxes varied from 2 to 39.

ZNYCLAC9 2200 12/20 5 units 10x 4 units 1x 3 units 1x averaged 56 JB Hunt, 5 Schneider, 2 Swift, 5 CSX, 12 UPS containers and an occasional FedEx container, with 30 truck trailers, 8 UPS vans, and an occasional FedEx van. Some trains had 1 or 2 40ft tanktainers. Only one train had 6 marine 40ft containers.

ZWINPHX7 1100 Mon,Tue,Sat 8/20 2 units 5x 3 units 3x. All trains had spine cars, the number of double stacks varied from 46 wells to none. It averaged 29 JB Hunt, 3 UPS containers 3 FedEx boxes, maybe a few Schneider, and Swift containers, with 16 truck trailers 4 UPS vans, and maybe 1 FedEx van. Sometimes on Tuesday BNSF uses section 7 and sometimes section 9 dependng on the priority of some of the loads.

ZWINPHX9 1000 Tue-Thr See ZWINPHX7 above. 5/20 2 units 5x averaged 20 JB Hunt, 2 Schneider, 2 Swift, 8 UPS containers and 1 or 2 FedEx boxes. The number of double stacks varied from 4 wells to 26. Trailers were less than section 7 at 6 truck trailers and 6 UPS vans. See the last sentence of ZWINPHX7.

ZWSPLAC7 0500 8/10 4 units 6x 5 units 1x 3 units 1x. Most trains started with double stacks, but a few started with spine cars on the front. It averaged 42 UPS containers, 17 JB Hunt, maybe a few Schneider, and Swift containers, with 18 UPS vans, 23 truck trailers and occasionally a few FedEx vans. Occasionally a train would have 1 or 2 40ft or 20ft tanktainers.

ZWSPLAC9 0400 Wed-Fri 5/20 5 units 3x 4 units 2x. Most trains started with spine cars with UPS containers on double stacks at or near the rear. It averaged 11 JB Hunt, 44 UPS containers, no Schneider, or Swift containers, with 29 UPS vans, 18 truck trailers and occasionally a few FedEx vans.

ZWSPNBY8 1300 12/20 4 units 11x 5 units 1x. All trains seemed to start with domestic double stacks (for setout at Stockton) and then have UPS traffic on the rear on both double stack and spine cars. It averaged 38 UPS containers 31 JB Hunt, 11 Schneider, 3 CSX, 2 or 3 Swift containers, with 9 UPS vans, and occasionally a few truck trailers.

ZWSPNBY9 2100 11/20 5 units 9x 4 units 2x. Trains started with either domestic double stacks or truck trailers (for setout at Stockton) but always had UPS traffic on the rear on both double stack and spine cars. It averaged 44 UPS containers 18 JB Hunt, possibly 4 Schneider, and 1 Swift containers with 22 truck trailers and 21 UPS vans.

ZWSPPHX7 1300 14/20 4 units 12x 3 units 2x averaged 34 JB Hunt, 22 Schneider, 5 Swift, 18 UPS containers and 5 FedEx containers, with 35 truck trailers, 10 UPS vans, and possibly 1 FedEx van. In the later part of the train will be several double stack wells (3 to 16 wells) with just UPS and FedEx containers. Occasionally a train had 2 20ft tanktainers.

ZWSPPHX9 0500 Wed-Fri 4/20 5 units 2x 4 units 2x averaged 19 JB Hunt, 13 Schneider, 4 Swift, 15 UPS containers and 2 FedEx boxes with 24 truck trailers 6 UPS vans, and 1 or 2 FedEx vans.

ZWSPSBD7 2000 6/20 4 units 6x. Trains generally started with double stacks and had spine cars on the rear. It averaged 40 JB Hunt, 20 Schneider, 3 Swift, and maybe 1 or 2 FedEx boxes, or UPS vans with 50t 5 FedEx vans, 3 UPS vans.

ZWSPSBD8 1000 8/20 4 units 8x. Trains could be all spine cars, but most had 3 to 15 wells of double stacked containers somewhere in the middle. It averaged 8 JB Hunt, 12 FedEx boxes, and occasionally 3 UPS containers with 78 truck trailers 1 or 2 FedEx vans, and occasionally some UPS vans.

ZWSPSBD9 2000 4/20 5 units 4x. Trains could be all spine cars, but half had around 12 wells of double stacked containers somewhere in the middle. It averaged 15 FedEx boxes, 3 JB Hunt, and occasionally a couple Schneider, and Swift containers with 106 truck trailers, 9 UPS vans, and maybe a few FedEx vans.

ZWSPSTO8 2200 Sat-Mon 6/20 5 units 3x 4 units 3x averaged 23 JB Hunt, 8 FedEx boxes, 2 UPS containers with 73 truck trailers 4 UPS vans, and 2 FedEx vans.

ZWSPSTO9 1600 17/20 4 units 9x 5 units 8x. Most trains started with spine cars and over half ended with double stacked containers. It averaged 27 JB Hunt, 3 Schneider, 1 or 2 Swift, and 8 FedEx boxes with 70 truck trailers, 4 FedEx vans, and 8 UPS vans.

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