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how does one purchase a rail car then lease it to a railroad company?

Purchasing the car is easy. I have been away from it for a while, but there used to be manufacturers like Pacific Car and Foundry, Evergreen Freight Car Corporation, and others. Whether or not these particular companies are still in business I don't know. All it takes is a contact and the cash.

I have only known, personally, one person who has done this, when he purchased a three bay hopper car in 1984 at a cost of $55,000. I have no idea of the measures involved in leasing a car to a carrier, only that it can be done.

But, this is a risky business and not for the faint of heart.

The only way I could recommend this would be if one were to incorporate and then pay themselves a salary from the corporation. This would insulate an individual, as well as personal finances, from the inevitable problems that can cost a boatload of $$$$$.

If your car breaks down out on line, you, as an individual, would be responsible for the cost of repairs, via the miracle of AAR billing. If your car is responsible for a derailment, you could be responsible for damages easily reaching into millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars.

Factor in insurance. Heavy maintenance is in the form of COTS (cleaned, oiled, tested and stenciled), which is required every ten years, and costs some hefty cash.

If your intent is investment, I would recommend real estate or a put put golf course, since the "pet rock" cemetery has already been done.

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N Scale Atlas Delaware  Hudson 3 Bay Hopper with Gravel Load 1199
N Scale Atlas Delaware Hudson 3 Bay Hopper with Gravel Load 1199
$10.95
Intermountain Railway 65370 07 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14345 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65370 07 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14345 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65347 21 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890628 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65347 21 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890628 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65370 08 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14350 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65370 08 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14350 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65346 09 Land O Lakes 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 33304 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65346 09 Land O Lakes 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 33304 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65370 11 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14368 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65370 11 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14368 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65347 20 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890569 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65347 20 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890569 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65347 22 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890654 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65347 22 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890654 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65347 23 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890703 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65347 23 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890703 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65370 10 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14361 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65370 10 PTLX MFA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14361 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65347 19 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890512 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65347 19 Conrail 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 890512 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 67223 13 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 798002 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67223 13 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 798002 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65388 09 CPAA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 629146 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65388 09 CPAA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 629146 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 67223 17 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 799910 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67223 17 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 799910 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65388 08 CPAA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 629083 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65388 08 CPAA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 629083 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65376 18 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 33915 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65376 18 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 33915 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 66508 04 Frisco 2 bay Hopper 78574 N scale
Intermountain Railway 66508 04 Frisco 2 bay Hopper 78574 N scale
$19.51
Intermountain Railway 67241 04 MAGX Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 1166 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67241 04 MAGX Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 1166 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 67223 16 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 799879 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67223 16 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 799879 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65376 16 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 17946 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65376 16 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 17946 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 66536 03 DRGW UP shield 2 bay Hopper 10105 N scale
Intermountain Railway 66536 03 DRGW UP shield 2 bay Hopper 10105 N scale
$19.51
Intermountain Railway 67223 14 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 798037 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67223 14 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 798037 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65376 15 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 17902 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65376 15 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 17902 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 66536 01 DRGW UP shield 2 bay Hopper 10100 N scale
Intermountain Railway 66536 01 DRGW UP shield 2 bay Hopper 10100 N scale
$19.51
Intermountain Railway 66536 09 MP UP shield 2 bay Hopper 706386 N scale
Intermountain Railway 66536 09 MP UP shield 2 bay Hopper 706386 N scale
$19.51
Intermountain Railway 65388 11 CPAA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 629172 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65388 11 CPAA 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 629172 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65376 14 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14771 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65376 14 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 14771 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65376 17 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 33451 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65376 17 Cargill 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 33451 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 67223 15 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 798061 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67223 15 IC Trinity 5161 cf 3 bay Hopper 798061 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 67037 22 MRL ACF 4650 cf 3 bay Hopper 50043 N scale
Intermountain Railway 67037 22 MRL ACF 4650 cf 3 bay Hopper 50043 N scale
$21.21
Intermountain Railway 65383 07 Landmark 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 15347 N scale
Intermountain Railway 65383 07 Landmark 4750 cf 3 bay Hopper 15347 N scale
$21.21
Micro Trains Runner Pack 100 Ton 3 Bay Coal Hopper CN New
Micro Trains Runner Pack 100 Ton 3 Bay Coal Hopper CN New
$66.31
NW BiCentennial 100 Ton 3 Bay Hopper w load Micro Trains MTL10800310 N Scale
NW BiCentennial 100 Ton 3 Bay Hopper w load Micro Trains MTL10800310 N Scale
$27.16
N Scale Atlas 50000889 MKT Twin Bay Covered Hopper 34317 C4456
N Scale Atlas 50000889 MKT Twin Bay Covered Hopper 34317 C4456
$17.99
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 64043 SOUTHERN 2 Bay Rebuilt War Emergency Hoppers 3 Pak
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 64043 SOUTHERN 2 Bay Rebuilt War Emergency Hoppers 3 Pak
$67.44
KADEE MICRO TRAINS N SCALE 55320 33 TWIN BAY HOPPER OFFSET SIDES MP 58774
KADEE MICRO TRAINS N SCALE 55320 33 TWIN BAY HOPPER OFFSET SIDES MP 58774
$24.99
Precision Masters N 2 Bay Covered Hopper Family Lines System SBD 224862
Precision Masters N 2 Bay Covered Hopper Family Lines System SBD 224862
$7.95
Micro Trains N Evans 3 Bay Covered Hopper 2 ADM and Undecorated
Micro Trains N Evans 3 Bay Covered Hopper 2 ADM and Undecorated
$22.50
Microscale Decal N 60 4259 WSDOT Grain Train Hopper Covered 3 Bay
Microscale Decal N 60 4259 WSDOT Grain Train Hopper Covered 3 Bay
$6.25
Bachmann 19555 N Scale 55T 2Bay USRA Outside Braced Hopper CO Chesapeake  Ohio
Bachmann 19555 N Scale 55T 2Bay USRA Outside Braced Hopper CO Chesapeake Ohio
$21.44


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