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By:John Dyer
Dates:5/20/2007 - 5/20/2007
Album Info:For over 30 years, nuclear warheads were assembled at Amarillos BWXT Pantex plant and shipped by rail across the nation. The Pantex facility owned several specialized railcars that it used to transport and guard the warheads. It interchanged with the Santa Fe a few miles east of Amarillo. The cars were painted white in an attempt to protect the warheads from the summer heat. The solid white nuclear bomb train was nicknamed the White Train. Peace activists also called it the Death Train. The cars later were painted red or blue in hopes of not being so obvious to protestors and attackers. By the late 1980s, the White Train was replaced with armored tractor-trailer rigs and the equipment was stored. In 2006, Pantex donated the equipment to the Amarillo Railroad Museum and with the help of the BNSF Railroad, the cars and a Pantex switcher are now on public display. The display consists of the heavily armored car that actually carried the weapons and power-buffer cars that contained generators and provided a buffer between the weapon car and the escort cars. The escort cars are interesting because of the gun ports.
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Amarillo Railroad Museum
Title:  Amarillo Railroad Museum
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:23:15 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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PANTEX 740-8 ALCO Switcher
Title:  PANTEX 740-8 ALCO Switcher
Description:  Built in 1943. Was Army #7103. Came to Pantex in 1977 and retired in 1987. To ARM in 2006
Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:10:12 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Locomotives:  PANTEX 740-8(S2)
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Pantex 740-8 Builder's Plate
Title:  Pantex 740-8 Builder's Plate
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:13:15 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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MHAX 1242 Helium Car
Title:  MHAX 1242 Helium Car
Description:  Helium Car donated to the Amarillo Railroad Museum by the US Bureau of Mines. Amarillo is known as the "Helium Capitol of the World" with most of the world's supply of helium in that part of Texas.
Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:16:50 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
Categories:  RollingStock
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TSSX G32 Guard Car
Title:  TSSX G32 Guard Car
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:06:56 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  1060   Comments: 0
TSSX G33 Guard Car
Title:  TSSX G33 Guard Car
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:03:37 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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TSSX G34 Guard Car
Title:  TSSX G34 Guard Car
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 9:56:50 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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TSSX G37 or G38
Title:  TSSX G37 or G38
Description:  Marked as both G37 and G37. Former Amtrak 603. Plates welded over windows
Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 9:50:03 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  1949   Comments: 0
TSSX 528
Title:  TSSX 528
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 11:13:34 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  956   Comments: 1
TSSX 529
Title:  TSSX 529
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 9:43:40 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  734   Comments: 0
TSSX 527
Title:  TSSX 527
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 9:40:32 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  535   Comments: 0
TSSX 519
Title:  TSSX 519
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Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 9:37:33 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  779   Comments: 2
Guard Car
Title:  Guard Car
Description:  View of the gun portals on the escort carr
Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 9:33:16 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  725   Comments: 0
Altered Builders Plate
Title:  Altered Builders Plate
Description:  Information removed from the builder's plate for some reason?
Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 9/24/2007 10:20:56 PM
Location:  Amarillo, TX
Author:  John Dyer
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Views:  835   Comments: 0


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