doepack wrote:Has anyone else noticed that, on the UP lines at least, they're placing these cars as the first one behind the engine? Is it coincidence, or is there an actual reason?I would imagine it's because they only use them when they have to. Usually, when I see a train with a smooth-side coach stop at a station, the doors on that coach don't open. They fill the newer coaches until they need to open the older one(s) up. Right up by the engine is the noisiest place on the train, and thus the best place to put a vacant coach. [sigh] If only Metra could get these back: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... ?id=108604.