Posted by Gene Butler on November 3, 2019 
Why the box car there with the power units?
Posted by Dylan Jones on November 3, 2019 
Gene, the boxcar is a Buffer car. Required by the FRA.
Posted by Jonathan S. Spurlock on November 3, 2019 
That's probably a covered hopper--note the roofwalk and hatches--used as a "buffer" car. BNSF used a buffer car between the engines and DPU on oil trains like this one, at least during the time I lived near the BNSF lines near Galesburg, IL several years ago.
Posted by BT on November 3, 2019 
Buffer Car. FRA requires it.
Posted by Joe Blackwell on February 26, 2020 
Should be one in front of DPU's as well.
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