Almost no other railroad in this country has retained its historical equipment and honored its past like the Union Pacific. The preservation of its fleet speaks to the high value Union Pacific places on its heritage and its role in America’s history.

The Union Pacific prides itself on its history and retains a fleet of cars from its past to use with excursion trains – these special trains, often pulled by special locomotives such as the FEF-3 #844, allow people to experience a classic passenger train experience in a modern day setting, and often feature special cars such as the “Promontory” Museum car – a 1962 vintage baggage car which has been filled from top to bottom with interactive displays outlining the railroad’s colorful and storied history.

The 7-car Excursion train consist features two brand new cars – A Power Car (A modified/rebuilt Baggage Dormitory car prototypically used for providing head end power to the trailing cars) and a UP Business car “Kenefick”, forming the head and tail of the excursion consist, which also includes notable cars like the vibrantly decorated Promontory Museum car, with its full-body American Flag wrap, and a pair of Dome cars.

The Water Tenders are an all-new design and are sold as a two-pack for modelers to supplement their FEF-3 or other UP steam locomotives. Just like the prototype models, the two tenders are not identical, having (in addition to one car having an externally mounted American Flag plate) different weld mark details which will be replicated on the models of the two cars, ensuring that their unique spirit is preserved when translated into model form.

昭和59年2月の貨物輸送改革以降の貨物列車は、それまでの雑多な編成を組んでいた黒貨車とは違い、コンテナ列車やタンカー列車など同形式を数両連結して運用されています。その時代のタンカー列車の主役はタキ43000で、昭和42年(1967)に登場以来500両以上が製造され、ガソリン専用タンク貨車として全国各地で活躍しています。
当初はブルーに塗装された日本オイルターミナルの専用車のみでしたが、昭和49年(1974)には黒塗りの日本石油輸送所属車も登場しました。平成2年(1990)以降の日本石油輸送所属の新製車(タキ243666~)は、エメラルドグリーンとライトグレーに塗り分けられてイメージチェンジを図られています。また、平成13年(2001)より新形式のタキ1000とともにENEOSマーク付の車両が登場しました。

タキ43000の中で唯一、車体が銀色をまとうタキ143645を製品化。
タキ143645は、昭和62年(1987)に日本車両製造で1両のみ製造された43t積ガソリン専用車です。
タンク体がステンレス製で銀色のため、通称「銀タキ」と呼ばれています。
銀色のタンク体のほか、台車も他のタキ43000とは異なり、TR215F台車を装備しているのもこの貨車の大きな特徴です

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作者: kevin law

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