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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 M St L 40 4 Bay Hopper
N Scale M St L 40 4 Bay Hopper
$9.95
N Scale AHN KOG 40 4 Bay Hopper
N Scale AHN KOG 40 4 Bay Hopper
$9.95
N Scale Trix Peabody Short Line 40 4 Bay Hopper with Gravel Load
N Scale Trix Peabody Short Line 40 4 Bay Hopper with Gravel Load
$11.95
N Scale New York Central 865165 3 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train Car Atlas
N Scale New York Central 865165 3 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train Car Atlas
$10.95
N Scale Peabody Short Line PSL 6613 4 bay Open Hopper Freight Train Car
N Scale Peabody Short Line PSL 6613 4 bay Open Hopper Freight Train Car
$9.95
MTL N Scale Burlington Northern Santa Fe 2 Bay ACF Center Flow Covered Hopper
MTL N Scale Burlington Northern Santa Fe 2 Bay ACF Center Flow Covered Hopper
$12.00
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 60243 SEABOARD AIR LINE USRA 30 6 2 Bay Hopper 3 Pack
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 60243 SEABOARD AIR LINE USRA 30 6 2 Bay Hopper 3 Pack
$67.99
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 60142 READING USRA 30 6 2 Bay Open Hoppers 2 Pack
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 60142 READING USRA 30 6 2 Bay Open Hoppers 2 Pack
$45.35
Mirco Trains Line 108 00 250 N CNW 100ton 3 bay Hopper w coal load
Mirco Trains Line 108 00 250 N CNW 100ton 3 bay Hopper w coal load
$21.00
N Scale 100 Ton 3 Bay Open Hopper NASA Series 10 NLAX 111 MTL 10800340
N Scale 100 Ton 3 Bay Open Hopper NASA Series 10 NLAX 111 MTL 10800340
$28.95
Mirco Trains Line 057 00 070 N CO 33 2 bay Composite Hopper w coal load
Mirco Trains Line 057 00 070 N CO 33 2 bay Composite Hopper w coal load
$11.50
Hay Bros COKE BREEZE PETROLEUM COKE LOAD fits MicroTrains 33 2 Bay Hoppers
Hay Bros COKE BREEZE PETROLEUM COKE LOAD fits MicroTrains 33 2 Bay Hoppers
$2.99
MICRO TRAINS 55490 N Scale 2 Bay Hopper Car Reading 86585
MICRO TRAINS 55490 N Scale 2 Bay Hopper Car Reading 86585
$20.00
Micro Trains Line 092 44 330 N ACFX 2 bay Cov Hopper Weathered
Micro Trains Line 092 44 330 N ACFX 2 bay Cov Hopper Weathered
$21.75
Mirco Trains Line 085 00 080 N PRR 33 2 bay Hopper w coal load
Mirco Trains Line 085 00 080 N PRR 33 2 bay Hopper w coal load
$17.00
N Scale Erie Lackawanna EL 21393 2 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train
N Scale Erie Lackawanna EL 21393 2 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train
$10.95
Micro Trains Line 09200301 Union Pacific 2 Bay ACF Center Flow Hopper Rd219227
Micro Trains Line 09200301 Union Pacific 2 Bay ACF Center Flow Hopper Rd219227
$27.35
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66022 BALTIMORE  OHIO 2 Bay Offset side Hopper Car 2 PK
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66022 BALTIMORE OHIO 2 Bay Offset side Hopper Car 2 PK
$47.39
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66023 BALTIMORE  OHIO 2 Bay Offset side Hopper Car 3 PK
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66023 BALTIMORE OHIO 2 Bay Offset side Hopper Car 3 PK
$70.99
N SCALE CHOOCH BALLAST LOAD CON COR 3 BAY HOPPER 9561
N SCALE CHOOCH BALLAST LOAD CON COR 3 BAY HOPPER 9561
$3.25
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66062 NEW YORK CENTRAL 2 Bay Offset Side Hopper Car 2 PK
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66062 NEW YORK CENTRAL 2 Bay Offset Side Hopper Car 2 PK
$47.39
Deluxe Innovations 7180 Chicago  NorthWestern 2 bay Covered Hopper New In Box
Deluxe Innovations 7180 Chicago NorthWestern 2 bay Covered Hopper New In Box
$8.95
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66063 NEW YORK CENTRAL 2 Bay Offset Side Hopper Car 3 PK
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66063 NEW YORK CENTRAL 2 Bay Offset Side Hopper Car 3 PK
$70.99
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66072 BANGOR  AROOSTOOK 2 Bay Offset Side Hopper Car 2 PK
N Scale BLUFORD SHOPS 66072 BANGOR AROOSTOOK 2 Bay Offset Side Hopper Car 2 PK
$47.39
Micro Trains MTL 56020 Ford FRDX 33 Twin Bay Hopper N Scale MIB
Micro Trains MTL 56020 Ford FRDX 33 Twin Bay Hopper N Scale MIB
$16.99
N scale Atlas UP two bay covered Hopper custom painted and weathered
N scale Atlas UP two bay covered Hopper custom painted and weathered
$16.49
Micro Trains MTL 56030 International Harvester 33 Twin Bay Hopper N Scale MIB
Micro Trains MTL 56030 International Harvester 33 Twin Bay Hopper N Scale MIB
$9.99
Bachmann N Baltimore  Ohio 723046 USRA 55 Ton 2 Bay Hopper 19556
Bachmann N Baltimore Ohio 723046 USRA 55 Ton 2 Bay Hopper 19556
$29.99
Bachmann N Waddell Coal 101 USRA 55 Ton 2 Bay Hopper 19557
Bachmann N Waddell Coal 101 USRA 55 Ton 2 Bay Hopper 19557
$29.99
Micro Trains 94210 Shell Oil Company 3 Bay ACF Hopper N Scale
Micro Trains 94210 Shell Oil Company 3 Bay ACF Hopper N Scale
$25.40
Micro Trains MTL 56092 Western Maryland 33 Twin Bay Hopper N Scale MIB
Micro Trains MTL 56092 Western Maryland 33 Twin Bay Hopper N Scale MIB
$9.99
Ahm Austria N Scale PSL 6671 4 Bay Hopper Peabody Short Line
Ahm Austria N Scale PSL 6671 4 Bay Hopper Peabody Short Line
$7.00
1 N PRECISION MASTERS 16031 DRGW RIO GRANDE 2 BAY CVD HOPPER VG OB
1 N PRECISION MASTERS 16031 DRGW RIO GRANDE 2 BAY CVD HOPPER VG OB
$9.95
BLMA  16020 3500 Dry Flo 3 Bay Covered Hopper Diamond Sugar GACX N MIB
BLMA 16020 3500 Dry Flo 3 Bay Covered Hopper Diamond Sugar GACX N MIB
$26.95
Athearn N Scale 40 NW 3 Bay Offset Hopper with Coal Load ATH6573 NIB
Athearn N Scale 40 NW 3 Bay Offset Hopper with Coal Load ATH6573 NIB
$19.00
2 N INTERMOUNTAIN 67019 04 NYC ACF 4650 CU FT 3 BAY HOPPER 886108 NIB
2 N INTERMOUNTAIN 67019 04 NYC ACF 4650 CU FT 3 BAY HOPPER 886108 NIB
$18.95
InterMountain N Scale PS 4750 Cu Ft Conrail 3 Bay Rib Sided Hopper 65347 19 NIB
InterMountain N Scale PS 4750 Cu Ft Conrail 3 Bay Rib Sided Hopper 65347 19 NIB
$24.95
N Scale Conrail CR 897025 4 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train Car Atlas
N Scale Conrail CR 897025 4 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train Car Atlas
$11.95
N Scale Detroit Toledo  Ironton 10625 3 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train
N Scale Detroit Toledo Ironton 10625 3 Bay Covered Hopper Freight Train
$10.95
N Scale Delaware  Hudson DH1199 3 Bay Open Hopper Freight Train Car W Coal
N Scale Delaware Hudson DH1199 3 Bay Open Hopper Freight Train Car W Coal
$9.95


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