Westward Z Trains

Z trains haul a mixture of JB Hunt, Schneider, and Swift containers in double stack well cars along with many 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 some LAC trains is domestic 53ft containers sitting on top of marine containers or a mix in the same double stack car. When a description says some, it means that the train had some of these types of containers or trailers, but not enough to raise the average above 0.5. One thing that made things a little more complicated later in 2019 was that Amazon, ABF, Estes, KLLM, Marten, and Walmart all began using containers along with their triler fleet. I have tried to include this in the end of the year totals for each of the trains. The problem with averages is that the counts of these new containers may be too low to show up. Following each symbol train description is a pie chart showing the proportions of containers and trailers 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 container or trailer to be the same color in all of the charts.

The following trucking companies ship their trailers via BNSF on the Transcon: ABF, Alliance Shippers, Amazon, Averitt Express, Best Solution, Bold, CDN, 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, TransWest, US Xpress, Vermont Rwy, Vision Express, Vitran, Walmart, Werner, Wheels, White Arrow, Xtra, and YRC (combination of Yellow and Roadway). Schneider has been selling off their old trailers as they moved to containers. Werner has been selling off older trailers as it acquires new trailers. So what may look like a Schneider or Werner trailer is actually in the fleet of another truck company. The more prolific are old Schneider trailers. There are also truck trailers with no logos, just registration numbers. I group these together in a category called plain white (even though it may be silver or aluminum) vans. KLLM merged with FFE this year and started using regrigerated containers. The containers are listed as KLLM-FFE. The trailers are still listed as KLLM.

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. Trailers and containers from FedEx, UPS, Amazon, ABF, Estes, KLLM, Marten, and Walmart have their own separate counts. In the following consist descriptions, when you see the word “with” I have shifted from container counts to trailer 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 City
PHX Phoenix, AZ
RIC Richmond, CA
SBD San Bernardino, CA
STO Stockton, CA
WSP Willow Springs (west of Chicago) IL

Following the symbol is the rough schedule time when the train is scheduled through Clovis (C), Gallup (G), Flagstaff (F) and Barstow (B) in military time, so 1300 is 1 PM.

ZALTPHX7 C 2000, G 0800, F 1230 Most trains were alternating short blocks of double stacks and short blocks of spine cars. It averaged 31 JB Hunt, 14 Schneider, 5 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 12 UPS boxes, 6 FedEx boxes, with 15 UPS vans, 3 plain white vans, 1 ABF van, 1 Estes van, 8 YRC vans, 2 other truck company vans, occasionally some Matson 53 or White Arrow. This train runs a few times per week. I've seen it most often on Sunday afternoons on the Flagstaff cam. The average train was 49-0:3345T 4676ft with a 0.72 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 2 units and rarely had marine containers. Average performance was 4 hours and 57 minutes late.

ZALTPHX7 pie chart

ZALTSBD7 C 1900 Sat Sun, G 0500, F 0900, B 1700 Most trains were double stacks followed by spine cars. Occasionally there would be a second block of double stacks on the rear. It averaged 77 JB Hunt, 13 Schneider, 13 Swift, 12 FedEx boxes, with 8 UPS vans, 2 FedEx vans, 1 plain white van, 1 ABF van, 2 Alliance, 4 Amazon vans, 1 KLLM, 2 Marten vans, 3 Stevens, 19 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some CH Robinson, Estes vans, R&L, or Walmart vans. The average train was 73-0:5178T 6941ft with a 0.75 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 units. Average performance was 4 hours and 57 minutes late.

ZALTSBD7 pie chart

ZALTSBD9 C 1830 Tue-Thr, G 0430, F 0830, B 1600 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 101 JB Hunt, 12 Schneider, 16 Swift, 2 UPS boxes, 17 FedEx boxes, with 2 FedEx vans, 1 plain white van, 2 Alliance, 3 Amazon vans, 1 KLLM, 3 Marten vans, 3 Stevens, 3 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some CH Robinson, Go2, KLLM-FFE, old Schneider vans, or Prime. The average train was 72-0:5161T 6849ft with a 0.75 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 units. Average performance was one hours and 25 minutes late.

ZALTSBD9 pie chart

ZALTSTO9 C 2000 Mon-Fri, G 0800, F 1230, B 2100 It averaged 44 JB Hunt, 9 Schneider, 4 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 4 UPS boxes, with 1 UPS van, 1 plain white van, 1 Amazon van, 2 Marten vans, 2 Stevens, 2 YRC vans, occasionally some CSX, Matson 53, FedEx boxes, ABF vans, Prime, R&L, and other truck company vans. Most trains were double stacks followed by spine cars. The average train was 50-0:3538T 4743ft at 0.74 tons per linear foot and usually had 3 units. Performance was excellent averaging just seven minutes late.

ZALTSTO9 pie chart

ZATGSBD7 C 0600, G 1600, F 2030, B 0700 It averaged 114 JB Hunt, 25 Schneider, 20 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 1 Matson 53, 11 FedEx boxes, with 1 Alliance, 1 KLLM, 1 Prime, 1 Stevens, occasionally some CSX, Estes boxes, Amazon vans, Marten vans, or other truck company vans. Often the spine cars are mixed in with the double stacks and carry more containers than trailers. No UPS on these trains. The average train was 71-1:5417T 6893ft with a 0.79 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 3 units. It sometimes has empty wells. Delays averaged a little over 12 hours.

ZATGSBD7 pie chart

ZCHISBD6 C 0700, G 1630, F 2000, B 0500 It averaged 34 JB Hunt, 12 Schneider, 6 Swift, 9 FedEx boxes, with 23 FedEx vans, 13 plain white vans, 4 Alliance, 2 Go2, 2 KLLM, 2 Marten vans, 9 old Schneider vans, 2 Prime, 4 YRC vans, 6 other truck company vans, occasionally some CH Robinson or Matson 53. The average train was 70-0:4843T 6682ft with a 0.72 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 units. Average performance was 11 and a half hours late.

ZCHISBD6 pie chart

ZCLOPHX7 C 0001 Sun-Wed, G 0830, F 1201 It averaged 35 JB Hunt, 5 Schneider, 2 Swift, 7 UPS boxes, 4 FedEx boxes, 2 YRC boxes, with 8 UPS vans, 4 plain white vans, 3 ABF vans, 2 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some Alliance, Clipper, Estes vans, or White Arrow. The average train was 33-0:2206T 3142ft with a 0.70 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 2 units. Average performance was 3 hours and 22 minutes late.

ZCLOPHX7 pie chart

ZLPKLAC7 C 1100 Fri-Mon, G 1900, F 2230, B 0600 The average train was 72-0:5409T 6864ft at 0.81 tons per linear foot and usually had 5 units. ZLPKLAC7 and ZLPKLAC9 averaged 67 JB Hunt, 7 Schneider, 15 Swift, 8 UPS boxes, 5 FedEx boxes, 6 marine boxes, with 5 UPS vans, 3 FedEx vans, 3 plain white vans, 1 ABF, 2 Alliance, 4 Marten, 1 Prime, 1 YRC, 4 other truck company vans, some CH Robinson, Matson 53, or R&L trailers. The average train was 69-0:5084T 6644ft with a 0.86 tons per linear foot ratio and had 4 or 5 units. Average performance was 8 hours and 46 minutes late. Pie chart after ZLPKLAC9.

ZLPKLAC9 C 1000 Tue-Thr, G 1730, F 2130, B 0500 See entry above for consist information. The average train was 60-0:4978T 5795ft with a 0.86 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 or sometimes 5 units. Performance was better for section 9 and service was excellent with the average train running 40 minutes ahead of schedule.

ZLPKLAC9 pie chart

ZLPKNBY7 C 0100 Fri & Sun, G 0930, F 1300, B 2100 It averaged 58 JB Hunt, 12 Schneider, 3 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 1 Matson 53, 25 UPS boxes, 8 FedEx boxes, with 4 UPS vans, 3 FedEx vans, 4 plain white vans, 1 ABF van, 1 Marten van, 8 Prime, 1 R&L, 1 Stevens, 5 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some YRC boxes, Alliance, Amazon vans, KLLM-FFE, or KLLM. The average North Bay block of 23 UPS containers and 5 UPS vans was generally on the rear. It usually does not have marine containers. The average train was 56-0:3879T 5296ft at 0.73 tons per linear foot and had 3 units. Delays averaged almost five hours.

ZLPKNBY7 pie chart

ZLPKRIC7 C 0200 Wed, G 1000, F 1330, B 2100 It usually has marine containers near the front. The number of wells of marine containers varied from 26 to 64. It averaged 70 marine boxes, 49 JB Hunt, 9 Schneider, 2 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 4 FedEx boxes, with 2 UPS vans, 1 FedEx van, 1 plain white van, 1 Marten van, 5 Prime, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some Matson 53, ABF vans, Alliance, Clipper, Estes vans, KLLM, Radiant, or YRC vans. The average train was 61-0:4988T 5642ft with a 0.88 tons per linear foot ratio and had 3 units. Delays averaged 8 hours and 44 minutes.

ZLPKRIC7 pie chart

ZMEMLAC7 C 0700, G 1730, F 2200 B 0900 It averaged 116 JB Hunt, 11 Schneider, 4 Swift, 2 CH Robinson, 4 FedEx boxes, 41 marine boxes, with 5 Marten vans, 4 Prime, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some Matson 53, KLLM-FFE containers, plain white vans, or KLLM trailers. The average train was 82-3:6674T 7984ft at 0.84 tons per linear foot and had 3 units. Sometimes it will have empty wells. The number of 53ft on 40ft boxes varied from 5 to 35 with the average at around 19 per train. Delays varied from one to over 24 hours on occasion. The performance average was 11 hours and 18 minutes late.

ZMEMLAC7 pie chart

ZNYCLAC9 C 1000, G 1700, F 2100, B 0500 The schedule varies some during the week. The train out of Clovis on Sunday runs about two hours later. In early 2019, it occasionally was all spine cars with mostly domestic trailers and some containers. Usually there are around 15 wells for double stack containers. It averaged 23 JB Hunt, 12 UPS boxes, 2 FedEx boxes, with 10 UPS vans, 1 FedEx van, 12 plain white vans, 4 ABF vans, 4 Alliance, 1 Clipper, 2 Estes vans, 2 JKC, 4 old Schneider vans, 2 Prime, 5 White Arrow, 8 YRC vans, 5 other truck company vans, occasionally some Schneider, Swift, CH Robinson, Amazon vans, Go2, Marten vans, R&L, or Radiant trailers. The average train was 57-0:4009T 5482ft with a 0.73 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 units. Some trains had 1 or 2 40ft tanktainers. Only one train had 6 marine 40ft containers. Performance was good with the average delay at just one hour and two minutes.

ZNYCLAC9 pie chart

ZWINPHX7 F 1100 Mon,Tue,Thr,Sat Is a collection of Phoexnix intermodal traffic accumlated at Winslow and train make up depends on how the crew puts the train together. Sometimes the double stacks are on the headend with trailers on the rear, sometimes the trailers are on the headend with double stacks on the rear, and at other times there will be two blocks of double stacks split among the trailers. The average was 21 JB Hunt, 5 Schneider, 1 Swift, 5 UPS boxes, 3 FedEx boxes, with 7 UPS vans, 2 plain white vans, 1 ABF van, 1 Estes van, 4 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some CH Robinson, Alliance, Go2, old Schneider vans, Radiant, or Stevens. The average train was 36-0:2519T 3433ft at 0.73 tons per linear foot and usually had 2 units. The average delay was 2 hours and 55 minutes.

ZWINPHX9 F 1130 Wed,Fri Consist is similar to the ZWINPHX7 above. The average train was 30-0:2093T 2871ft at 0.73 tons per linear foot and usually had 2 units. The average delay was one hours and 36 minutes.

ZWINPHX7 pie chart

ZWSPLAC7 C 1600 Fri-Mon, G 0001, F 0330, B 1300 Most trains started with double stacks, but a few started with spine cars on the front. It averaged 21 JB Hunt, 2 Schneider, 1 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 31 UPS boxes, 1 FedEx box, with 11 UPS vans, 8 plain white vans, 2 ABF vans, 4 Alliance, 1 Estes van, 1 JKC, 1 Marten van, 1 old Schneider van, 2 Prime, 3 R&L, 2 White Arrow, 3 YRC vans, 4 other truck company vans, occasionally some CSX, NFI, Estes boxes, YRC boxes, FedEx vans, Amazon vans, Clipper, Go2, KLLM, Radiant, or Stevens. Occasionally a train would have 1 or 2 40ft or 20ft tanktainers. The average train was 60-0:4413T 5761ft  at 0.77 tons per linear foot and usually had 4 units. The average delay was 10 hours and 35 minutes.

ZWSPLAC7 pie chart

ZWSPLAC9 C 1500 Tue-Thr, G 2300, F 0230 B 1201 Most trains started with spine cars and had UPS containers on double stacks at or near the rear. It averaged 16 JB Hunt, 37 UPS boxes, 1 FedEx box, with 18 UPS vans, 4 plain white vans, 1 ABF van, 1 Alliance, 1 Estes van, 3 Prime, 2 R&L, 2 White Arrow, 2 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some Schneider, Swift, FedEx vans, Clipper, JKC, Marten vans, or old Schneider vans. The average train was 54-0:4012T 5201ft  at 0.77 tons per linear foot and usually had 4 units. Average performance was excellent running 19 minutes ahead of schedule.

ZWSPLAC9 pie chart

ZWSPNBY8 C 2300 Sat, Sun, G 0900, F 1230, B 2100 and ZWSPNBY7 C 0830 as needed on Mon or Thr, G 1500, F 1900, B 0300 The trains average 32 JB Hunt, 8 Schneider, 3 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 2 CSX, 1 Matson 53, 34 UPS boxes, 1 FedEx box, with 12 UPS vans, 1 FedEx van, 5 plain white vans, 1 ABF van, 1 Alliance, 1 old Schneider van, 1 White Arrow, 2 YRC vans, 1 other truck company van, occasionally some NFI, Clipper, Estes vans, Go2, JKC, KLLM, Marten vans, Prime, R&L, or Radiant. ZWSPNBY7 averaged 58-0:3971T 5571ft with a 0.71 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 3 units. ZWSPNBY7 averaged 54-0:4132T 5125ft with a 0.81 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 units. Performance on ZWSPNBY8 had average delays of 2 hour 39 minutes, while the average performance on section 7 was a little over 11 hours late.

ZWSPNBY8 pie chart

ZWSPNBY9 C 0900 Tue-Thur, G 1630, F 2030, B 0400 The train has a Stockton block on the headend so may begin with double stacks or pigs. The average was 6 JB Hunt, 1 Schneider, 44 UPS boxes, 4 FedEx boxes, with 20 UPS vans, 5 FedEx vans, 4 plain white vans, 3 ABF vans, 1 Alliance, 1 Clipper, 2 Estes vans, 1 Marten van, 1 old Schneider van, 1 Prime, 1 White Arrow, 8 YRC vans, 2 other truck company vans, occasionally some Swift, CSX, NFI, Estes boxes, Marten boxes, YRC boxes, Go2, KLLM, R&L, or Radiant. The average train was 63-0:4330T 6035ft at 0.72 tons per linear foot and usually had 4 or 5 units. Performance was slightly better for section 9 and delays averaged one hour and 13 minutes.

ZWSPNBY9 pie chart

ZWSPPHX7 C 2230 Fri-Sun, G 0730, F 1230. The average train was 35 JB Hunt, 12 Schneider, 3 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 18 UPS boxes, 7 FedEx boxes, 12 UPS vans, 1 FedEx vans, 18 plain white vans, 1 ABF vans, 2 Alliance, 1 Clipper, 4 Estes vans, 3 Go2, 1 R&L, 1 Radiant, 1 White Arrow, 9 YRC vans, 5 other vans, occasionally some Matson 53, Estes boxes, YRC boxes, old Schneider or Stevensr vans. The average train was 62-0:4429T 5921ft with a 0.75 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 3 or 4 units. The average delay was 7 hours and 16 minutes.

ZWSPPHX7 pie chart

ZWSPPHX9 C 1600 Tue-Thr, G 0030, F 0400 The average train was 52 JB Hunt, 13 Schneider, 3 Swift, 15 UPS boxes, 5 FedEx boxes, 1 Estes boxes, 9 UPS vans, 1 FedEx vans, 8 plain white vans, 2 ABF vans, 1 Alliance, 3 Estes vans, 1 Go2, 4 YRC vans, 2 other vans, occasionally some CH Robinson, Matson 53, Clipper, R&L, Radiant, Stevens, or White Arrow vans. The average train was 62-0:4429T 5921ft with a 0.75 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 3 or 4 units. The average delay was 41 minutes.

ZWSPPHX9 pie chart

ZWSPSBD7 C 0400 Wed-Thr, G 1201, F 1600, B 0100 It averaged 94 JB Hunt, 41 Schneider, 14 Swift, 1 CH Robinson, 1 Matson 53, 1 FedEx box, 1 Amazon box, 1 Walmart box, 1 YRC box, with 11 FedEx vans, 7 plain white vans, 1 ABF van, 4 Alliance, 1 Amazon van, 2 Estes vans, 2 Go2, 1 Marten van, 5 old Schneider vans, 1 Prime, 6 YRC vans, 2 other truck company vans, occasionally some NFI, UPS boxes, Estes boxes, KLLM-FFE, KLLM, or Walmart vans. The average train was 77-0:5713T 7393ft at 0.77 tons per linear foot and had 4 or 5 units. The average delay was 10 hours and 23 minutes.

ZWSPSBD7 pie chart

ZWSPSBD8 C 2030, G 0600, F 1000, B 1800 It averaged 13 JB Hunt, 2 Schneider, 1 Swift, 3 NFI, 18 FedEx boxes, with 2 UPS vans, 5 FedEx vans, 8 plain white vans, 3 ABF vans, 12 Alliance, 3 Amazon vans, 2 Estes vans, 2 KLLM, 5 Marten vans, 4 old Schneider vans, 8 Prime, 14 YRC vans, 2 other truck company vans, occasionally some CH Robinson, Matson 53, UPS boxes, Estes boxes, YRC boxes, Clipper, Go2, KLLM-FFE, R&L, Radiant, or Stevens vans. The average train was 68-0:4452T 6527ft with a 0.68 tons per linear foot ratio and usually had 4 units. The average delay was 5 hours and 34 minutes.

ZWSPSBD8 pie chart

ZWSPSBD9 C 0830 Fri-Sun G 1600, F 2030, B 0400 It averaged 20 JB Hunt, 1 Schneider, 6 Swift, 6 FedEx boxes, 1 Estes box, 3 YRC boxes, with 8 UPS vans, 4 FedEx vans, 23 plain white vans, 4 ABF vans, 6 Alliance, 1 Amazon van, 3 Estes vans, 2 Go2, 2 Marten vans, 11 old Schneider vans, 4 Prime, 12 YRC vans, 5 other truck company vans, occasionally some CH Robinson, Matson 53, NFI, UPS boxes, Marten boxes, KLLM, or R&L. The average train was 68-0:4614T 6535ft at 0.71 tons per linear foot and usually had 4 units. The average delay was 3 hours and 38 minutes.

ZWSPSBD9 pie chart

ZWSPSTO8 C 0900 Fri-Sun, G 1500, F 2000, B 0330 and ZWSPSTO9 C 0400 Sun-Thur G 1201, F 1600, B 2330 The trains averaged 25 JB Hunt, 3 Schneider, 1 Swift, 1 NFI, 9 FedEx boxes, 1 YRC box, with 5 UPS vans, 6 FedEx vans, 21 plain white vans, 3 ABF vans, 5 Alliance, 1 Clipper, 1 Estes van, 1 Go2, 2 JKC, 1 KLLM, 3 Marten vans, 6 old Schneider vans, 5 Prime, 1 Radiant, 2 White Arrow, 8 YRC vans, 4 other truck company vans, occasionally some CH Robinson, CSX, Matson 53, UPS boxes, Estes boxes, Marten boxes, Amazon vans, KLLM-FFE, or R&L trailers. The average ZWSPSTO8 was 67-0:4639T 6378ft with a 0.73 tons per linear foot ratio. The average ZWSPSTO9 was 70-0:4722T 6701ft with a 0.70 tons per linear foot ratio. Both usually had 4 units. The average delay was over 11 hours for the ZWSPSTO8 and one hour and 52 minutes for the ZWSPSTO9.

ZWSPSTO8 pie chart

Revised 1-26-2020 with data collected in 2019

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