Monday, March 17, 2014

Boxcar Fleet

Over the next two weeks I am going to be focusing on each of the Michigan Interstate railcar fleets. The first post below details all boxcars with MCIS and MCBT reporting marks. As 70 ton Plate C cars attrit due to age, we look to replace the fleet through new build or secondhand purchase of Plate F 100 ton 50/60' cars.

Thrall 50' 70 ton Plate C 
4397 cubic feet cap.
All Door
                 Forest Products pool.
   Rebuilt in late 90s with updated doors.

ACF 50' 70 ton Plate C 
5080 cubic feet cap.
Single Door
                General service pool 

ACF 50' 100 ton Plate 
5095 cubic feet cap.
Single Door - Precision
                General Service Pool 
    Rebuilt to 100 ton standard in 2000s

PS / FMC 50' 70 Ton Plate C
5277-5344 cubic feet cap.
Single Door
               General Service Pool
These cars are heavily utilized in bagged dry bean and corrugated board service.

Gunderson 50' 100 ton Plate F
6301 cubic feet cap.
Single and double door 
           Paper / General Service Pool
Following the industry these cars are used heavily in rolled paper moves and as a backup for any general service move as they displace the older 70 ton fleet.

Gunderson 60' 100 ton Plate E
6652 cubic feet cap
Single door
                 Paper Products Pool
Dedicated to Fort Michilmackinaw Paper.

Berwick 60' 100 ton plate F
7321 cubic feet cap.
Double door
      Automotive / Forest Product Pool
Cars primarily in use to GM moving parts from sequencing warehouses in Michigan to North American Assembly plants. Cars  have ability to be utilized in forest product service as necessary moving plywood and MDF board.

Stay tuned later this week for the open top fleet.



  1. What do the MCBT vs. MCIS reporting marks signify?

  2. The initials are setup the same way than modern railroads operate with multiple subsidiary, holding, or "on paper" companies. For example Pan Am Railway (PAR) having initials for Springfield Terminal (ST), Maine Central (MEC), Pan Am Southern (PAS).

    Here are the initials we have:
    MCIS - Michigan Interstate Railway
    MCBT - Mackinaw Bridge Transfer Company (MCIS subsidiary that operates in upper peninsula)
    MCTR - Lakes Transportation (Subsidiary company)

    Most MCBT cars are boxcars in the green scheme that are assigned to paper / pulp service out of the upper peninsula. As the multiple different boxcars fleets have consolidated over the years they have become more blending with MCIS boxcars moving all over the network.

  3. The original inspiration for the MCBT was actually from the Wisconsin Central / SSAM marks. I just took the freelance license.

  4. Thanks for the explanation Greg. Interesting idea.