Just after the train symbol is the train's scheduled time for passing through Flagstaff. 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. There are six regular manifest trains a day, a weekly train to Drake and a three day a week long distance local. The trains are presented in the order that they should appear if everything was running on time. 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
HGALBAR1 0030 usually 3 to 5 units. Sometimes it has a group of 10 to 20 mill gondolas and/or coil cars with steel coils near the front. 1 to 3 bulkhead flats with steel plate, structural steel, and/or aluminum rods, generally less than 10 covered hoppers and less than 10 boxcars, around 10 tank cars in small groups in the train and about 10 tank cars on the rear.
HKCKBAR1 0400 usual power is a 3+1 configuration. It has large groups of covered hoppers (20 to 50) and tank cars (25 to 50). Some days the number of covered hoppers will out number the tank cars and on other day more tank cars than covered hoppers. For those of you into numbers, the number of covered hoppers and tank cars combined averages out to between 70 and 80. Many of the tank cars are for corn sweetners. It generally has some mechanical reefers, a gondola with coiled up wire, some gondolas with coil steel rolls, covered coil cars, boxcars, and it often has a flat car with wheel sets.
MWINDKA1 1100 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 regualr 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. However it appears that the schedule has changed to Thursday as the train on 8-9-2018 had 2 units and 35 loads of coal and 18 covered hoppers. The combination of coal hoppers and pneumatic covered hoppers make this train unique from all of the others manifest trains.
HTULBAR1 1200 usual power is a 3+1 configuration. It will have tank cars (3 to 30) and usually have at least twice as many 4 bay covered hoppers when compared with the number of 2 or 3 bay covered hoppers. It usually has a few centerbeam flats with some type of covered load, usually has a couple bulkhead flats with structural steel plate or steel beams, some mechanical reefers, may have a gondola with coiled wire, may have woodchip gons with covers. It may have one or more regular flat cars, bulkhead flats, or gondolas with pipe.
HBELPHX1 1300 power is 3 or 4 units, sometimes 3+1. This train used to handle the loaded coal and empty cement hoppers (3 bay pneumatic covered hoppers) to Drake. Now most of the coal and some of the cement hoppers are moved in the MWINDKA. However the train occasionally handles 10 to 20 cement hoppers and these are found near the front of the train for setout at Drake. It ususlly has some centerbeam flats with lumber or covered loads, may have a bulkhead flat with steel beams or pipe, and maybe an autorack. It ususlly has groups of tank cars (10 to 25) toward the rear.
HBELBAR1 1630 power is often 3 units, sometimes 3+1. 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.
HSLABAR1 1730 usual power is a 3+1 configuration. It will have at least twice as many 4 bay than 2 or 3 bay covered hoppers, some SHDX 3 bay airslide covered hoppers, a few LTCX chemical tank cars with no domes, a few empty centerbeam flats. Boxcars vary between 25 to 50. It may have woodchip gons with black covers.
MWINKGM 2300 Sun, Tue and Thur often has 4 units and tonnage is around 5,000 tons at times. 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.