S. Berliner, III's sbiii.com KRL 3601 Schnabel Railroad Car Page keywords = KRL 3601 3600 WECX 801 CEBX 800 schnabel rail road freight car train Westinghouse Electric Corporation Kasgro

Updated:   22 Oct 2019; 17:50 ET
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.


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KRL 3601
Schnabel Railroad Car
Continuation Page 1

RAILROADING



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SCHNABEL RAILROAD CARS

(also misspelled "Schnable"* -
by me!)

and other GIANT FREIGHT CARS

(with digressions to highway uses)

[continued]

NOTE:  Page size was limited by HTML to some 30kB; thus, I was forced to add this page
as a continuation page to my various RR and Model RR pages,
and, in turn, now has a Continuation Page.

NOTE:  I regret that some of my internal links refuse to work; if they don't, please click "Back" and scroll.


INDEX

On the main Schnabel page:

    Scroll away, plus these specifics -
  Schnabel Diagram.
  Schnabel Car Loading Technique.
  Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars (moved to Continuation Page 2 on 04 Dec 99).
  Schnabel References (moved to Continuation Page 1 on 14 Sep 02).
  Road/Highway Schnabels - moved to Road Loads page 16 Mar 00.

On Schnabel Continuation Page 0:

  72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.
  More about 72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.
      (moved from Schnabel Continuation Page 2 on 09 Jan 2002)
  Mammoet/ETARCO Mammoth Rail Loads.

On Schnabel Continuation Page 1:

  Krupp Schnabel Brochure
  CEBX-800 Drawing (NOT!)
  LIRR Loads
  Schnabel References (moved from main page 14 Sep 02).

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 2:

  Scroll away, plus these specifics -
  More about 72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.
    (moved to Schnabel Continuation Page 0 on 09 Jan 2002)
  Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars (moved from Main Page, 04 Dec 99).
  Schnabel Miscellany.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 3:

  More Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars.
  Dave Allen's Concept Models Schnabel Kits. (moved to page 4 on 17 Jan 05)

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 4:

  Schnabel Models - continued.
  Dave Allen's Concept Models Schnabel Kits. (moved here 17 Jan 05)
  GEX 80003 - World's Largest Drop-Center Flat Car.
  Nisco Steel move in China. (moved here from Cont. Page 3 on 08 Dec 05)

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 5 (06 Feb 2012):

  Schnabel Car Geometry.
  Even More Schnabel Car Models.
  Schnabel Car Model Geometry. (15 Mar 2014)
  Even More Schnabel Car Models.
  Mark Runyan's 800-801 Models (24 Aug 2012).

On the Schnabel RR Car WECX 801 Page (07 Jul 2012):

  A Second 72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.
  WECX 800 vs. WECX 801 - Comparative Data.
  WECX 801 FLIP!. (01 Jul 2014)
  WECX 801 Updates   MovedTo WECX 801 Cont. page 1 (31 Jul 2015)

On the Schnabel RR Car WECX 801 Continuation Page 1:

    WECX 801 Updates   MovedFrom WECX 801 page (31 Jul 2015)
    Further WECX 801 Updates (11 Dec 2014) and rev (31 Jul 2015/20 Nov 2016/07 Feb 2017)

On the Schnabel RR Car KRL 3600 Page:

    KRL 3600 (former CEBX/WECX 800)   new (14 Jul 2019)

On this Schnabel RR Car KRL 3601 Page:

    KRL 3601 (former WECX 801)   new (14 Jul 2019)
    Westinghouse Demise   new (15 Jul 2019)

On the Road Loads page:

    Road/Highway Schnabels - material moved from main RR Schnabel Car page,
    MOVING LOCO #833
    MOVING COKE DRUMS in ALBERTA

On Road Loads Page 2:

    MOVING THE GLENWOOD TANKS
    Road Load Models
    Mammoet/ETARCO Mammoth Road Loads, plus
    just scroll away.

On the Road Loads Page 3:

    Danly Press
    Miller Transfer

Something has to lift these giant loads; see Big Cranes.


Jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Page for a goodly set of RR links

  and to SB,III's MODEL RAILROAD Page for a goodly set of model RR links (yea, verily, forsooth!).


SCHNABEL and other
giant RAILROAD CARS

(and highway variants)

[continued]


Schnabel Car WECX 800/801 Background - WECX 801 is a near-twin to WECX 800, the former CEBX 800, previously by far the world's largest railroad car, built for Combustion Engineering in Sep 1980 by Krupp.  After passing throughj ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri) hands, CEBX 800 was purchased by Westinghouse to support their installation of new AP1000 1,100MWe two-loop pressurized water reactors (PWR) at the Southern Company’s Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (Plant Vogtle - two units) in Burke County, near Waynesboro, Georgia, and at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station (two units) near Jenkinsville, Fairfield County, South Carolina.  CEBX 800 was thereupon renumbered as WECX 800.  Apparently, the amount of material to be shipped to the two plants was so great that Westinghouse commissioned Kasgro Rail in New Castle, Pennsylvania, a major operator and builder of heavy-load railcars, to build another such car, very slightly heavier, completed in 2012 and designated as WECX 801.

WECX 800 (the RED car) was put into service for Plant Vogtle in Georgia and WECX 801 (the BLUE car) for the Summer Plant in South Carolina, shuttling between the ports of Savannah and Plant Vogtle and Charleston and Summer Station.  WECX 800 experience a minor glitch when it's 370-ton load shifted (no fault of the car) but WECX 801, already in serious trouble for bad welds and apparently being returned light to Kasgro, lost both load arms just outside Charleston in the wee hours of 22 Jun 2014.  The undercarriage (trucks, all span bolsters, including the control shacks, and the towbar@) seem to have survived unscathed and continued on their way without the arms.  The undercarriages, still towbar-connected, arrived back at Kasgro on 19 Nov 2014, leaving the load arms.behind and us with a big puzzle.

  [@ - actually, the towbar took quite a beating - see WECX 801 Schnabel Railroad Car Continuation Page 1.]

PLEASE NOTE:

Effective mid-2012, Westinghouse* had renumbered Krupp-built CEBX 800
to WECX 800 and twinned it with Kasgro-built WECX 801 which latter
then took the title of the largest RR car in the world.  Effective late 2018,
Kasgro bought WECX 800, renumbered it KRL 3600 , and
bought back WECX 801, repaired (rebuilt?) it, repainted it in
Kasgro Red 'n' Ready RED, and, as of early Jul 2019,
has renumbered it KRL 3601.
[Most references to CEBX/WECX 800 and WECX 801 herein have NOT been changed.]
{* - A brief synopsis of the demise of Westinghouse Electric/Nuclear is on the KRL 3601 page.}
{Note revised 15 Jul 2019}

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KRL 3601 (11 Jul 2019)

As of 09 Jul 2019, we know that at least one half of the former WECX 801 was back out in Kasgro’s yard, and was located close enough to photograph.  Repainted in Kasgro's Red n' Ready scheme, but retaining black trucks, the car has been redesignated as KRL 3601, as evidenced by a freshly repainted truck side frame so stenciled.

This means that the two cars, CEBX-cum-WECX 800 and WECX 801-cum-KRL 3601, can now only be distinguished from afar by the cabs/stairs/railings and the white vs. black trucks (so far).

Thanks to Vince Skibo's eagle eye, handy camera, and persistence, we can now see the changes in WECX 801's color and designation for ourselves; he caught one half car back out in Kasgro’s yard, blocked somewhat by a four-truck HD flat, KRL 70914, but he managed to get these shots:

KRL3601a KRL3601b KRL3601c
(09 Jul 2019 photos courtesy of V. F. Skibo - all rights reserved)

The cab and load arms hadn't been fully re-lettered yet.  It was parked up against half of BBCX 1000 and the two load arms give a good size comparison.  Thanks, Vince.

The marking on the truck clearly shows the new road number as KRL 3601; let's see it up close;

KRL3601x
(cropped from 09 Jul 2019 photo courtesy of V. F. Skibo - all rights reserved)
[Image corrected 22 Oct 2019]

17 Jul 2019 - per Vince, the other half-car was out of the paint shop but not yet lettered.


Westinghouse Demise - a brief synopsis -

While the corporate story is far too complex for my simple mind, this is a rough summary.  George Westinghouse invented therailroad air brake in 1869 and formed a company to mame and market it called Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO).  Then, in 1886, in order to supply compressors to power his new brake system (among many other reasons), he founded a separate firm, Westinghouse Electric Company, later Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company and then Westinghouse Electric Corporation (WEC),  Along the way, it sold its nuclear division to British Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (BNFL), which in turn passed to Toshiba and is operated as Westinghouse Electric Corporation today.  The main company bought CBS and then became CBS (go figure!) and so passeth from the scene.   new (15 Jul 2019)

One of WEC's big nuclear developments was the AP1000 nuclear power plant, a pressurized water reactor with improved use of passive nuclear safety (it says here); two were sold for the VC Summer plant in Georgia and four for the Vogtle plant in South Carolina and that is where the two giant Schnabel cars come into the story.  WEC financial shenanigans and questions about the AP1000 design contributed to the downfall of Westinghouse and the resultant freeing up of WECX 800 and 801.

[Incidentally, WABCO was sold off in part to American Standard and thence to Trane and then to WABCO Holdings and then to Ingersoll-Rand and now it goes to German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen -whew!]

[Also incidentally, the WABCO brake system was made possible in part by the (accidental) discovery of Charles Goodyear, in 1839, of how to vulcanize rubber.  That improvement, together with cloth reinforcement, made the high-pressure rubber hose possible and that, along with the "glad-hand" fasteners, made the modern brake hose practicable.  Amazing how it all ties together.]

PLEASE NOTE:

Effective mid-2012, Westinghouse* had renumbered Krupp-built CEBX 800
to WECX 800 and twinned it with Kasgro-built WECX 801 which latter
then took the title of the largest RR car in the world.  Effective late 2018,
Kasgro bought WECX 800, renumbered it KRL 3600 , and
bought back WECX 801, repaired (rebuilt?) it, repainted it in
Kasgro Red 'n' Ready RED, and, as of early Jul 2019,
has renumbered it KRL 3601.
[Most references to CEBX/WECX 800 and WECX 801 herein have NOT been changed.]
{* - A brief synopsis of the demise of Westinghouse Electric/Nuclear is on the KRL 3601 page.}
{Note revised 15 Jul 2019}

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[more to follow]



Should you have a hankering for an elegant model of CEBX/WECX 800/KRL 3600 or WECX 801/KRL 3601, see Mark Runyan's simply-stunning N-scale (1:160) Schnabel car in resin and etched brass [featured information moved to Even More Schnabel Car Models on page 5 on 24 Aug 2012]; here are teasers:.

CEBX800inN
(CAD image courtesy of M. Runyan from T. Daspit - all rights reserved)

WECX801inN
(CAD image courtesy of M. Runyan - all rights reserved)

[Detailing on 801 has yet to be applied.]
More details to follow.


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