The OTDX (Rubber Cars) Cars Page

Photo by: Patrick Harris

 

Welcome to the OTDX (Rubber Cars) Page. Goodyear operates a unique fleet of cars specially designed to haul synthetic rubber in 44 de-mountable aluminum containers. They were built by Thrall in the early 1-5/1973. These cars were very common in South Louisiana due to the close proximity of a Goodyear rubber plant just west of Beaumont, Texas at a place called Cheek. The cars were numbered OTDX 6000-6174. They were originally listed in the ORER's as owned by the O-T-D Corporation, but by the early 1980's, they are listed under Greenbriar Leasing. They feature an interesting arrangement for securing the containers in place where the roof lifts up to allow a forklift to load the containers, then the roof can be lowered to keep the containers from shifting during transit. They were originally black, but were repainted red over the years.

BNSF rebuilt 90 of these cars into specialized maintenance of way cars for tie service starting in 2005. The cars were renumbered BNSF 967030-967219 and bear little resemblence to their former configurations.

 

OTDX:

OTDX 6012

Patrick Harris

New Orleans, LA; summer 1995

OTDX 6012

Thomas Stephens

near DFW Airport; 06/05/2009

OTDX 6024

Lee A. Gautreaux

Morgan City, LA

OTDX 6026

Patrick Harris

New Orleans, LA; 03/1995

OTDX 6053

Doug Stark

Galesburg, IL; 06/23/2001

OTDX 6057

Thomas Stephens

near DFW Airport; 06/05/2009

OTDX 6067

Wayne Shell

Beaumont, TX; 09/10/2006

OTDX 6072

Patrick Harris

New Orleans, LA; 01/1996

OTDX 6092

Thomas Stephens

near DFW Airport; 06/05/2009

OTDX 6102

Lee A. Gautreaux

Morgan City, LA; 01/2003

OTDX 6106

Thomas Stephens

near DFW Airport; 06/05/2009

OTDX 6122

Patrick Harris

New Orleans, LA; 10/16/1997

OTDX 6129

Lee A. Gautreaux

 

OTDX 6156

Lee A. Gautreaux

Morgan City, LA; 01/2003

OTDX 6163

Patrick Harris

New Orleans, LA; 01/20/1996

OTDX 6167

Jim Stanitz

N. Little Rock, AR; late 1970's

OTDX 6167

Jim Stanitz

N. Little Rock, AR; late 1970's

OTDX 6168

Jim Stanitz

N. Little Rock, AR; late 1970's

OTDX 6168

Jim Stanitz

N. Little Rock, AR; late 1970's

OTDX 6168

Jim Stanitz

N. Little Rock, AR; late 1970's

OTDX 6170

Michael Palmieri

New Iberia, LA; 11/09/2002

OTDX 6172

Lee A. Gautreaux

Raceland Jct, LA; 01/2003

Interior

Wayne Shell

Cheek, TX

Interior

Wayne Shell

Cheek, TX

 

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