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idenifiers on boxcars

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by SPFlatty, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    does anyone know about the little gray identifiers or whatever they are on boxcars (usually located on the right panel in the blackbox area)? i've heard the workers scan some sort of card into these things and they can see where the box has been. my real questions is if these things are painted on, does it do any damage, damage that could make obvious where it was painted?
    i do my best to not make it anymore difficult on the railworkers, i just want to make sure i havent disturbed the flow of a job that needs to be done...
     
  2. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    those are called AEI tags. they work on a weak RF signal, so its proximity, not any kind of optical scanning. The workers will have a big scanning gun that looks like the kind you use if you do inventory at a department store, it reads the stored info from the AEI tag so they have the correct info.
     
  3. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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  4. Bosco

    Bosco Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2003 Messages: 317 Likes Received: 0
    At least those things work, I remember the actual barcode strips from the 70's, (not that Im that old) with the "reading post" located at yards, those barcodes didn't work to well once the grime collected on cars and engines though...
     
  5. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    I notice alot of AEI tags (on BNSF's) which are spraypainted BUT the car is not....evidence of the wholecar buff.....thanks for the link ese
     
  6. schick1

    schick1 Guest

    shit i paint over those things alot, does that mean it will get buffed?
    here is what i stay off of: the main number(yeah im stupid), load lmit and the number below it on the left panel, and the black box on the right panel. so should i stay of the thing a majigs at the bottom of panels that they scan?
     
  7. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

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    no paint over em...i was just pointing something out...
     
  8. me IS cool

    me IS cool Guest

    I had no idea what those things were for. I walways painted them wondering what the hell their purpose was. Thanks for the new knowledge. :king:
     
  9. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    thanks ese, thanks lep...ive painted a grip of bn's...gulp...i'd hate to know they were part of some big buff-over...
     
  10. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,126 Likes Received: 64
    Me too. I've often wondered what was the function of those tags. I had no idea that they were RF readable. Now I know. Thanks for the link, too. BTW, how did you find out what they are to start with?
     
  11. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    cuz ese is more than a writer...he was a true railfan first...dude has knowledge...wish i ran into him more often...
     
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