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Letters

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by coolname, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. coolname

    coolname 12oz Member

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    Letters

    Discussion started by coolname - Aug 28, 2004

    Does anyone know what the letter being stenciled on boxcars (maybe other kinds of fr8s too) means? I have seen them on CUOH boxes, possibly others... usually a B or a P.
     
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    Ski Mask - Replied Aug 29, 2004

    one letter, usually surrounded by a box?
    if that sounds right, you're talking about the plate letter. A plate letter indicates the extreme outside dimensions of a car, so in a situation where car clearance may be a concern, the worker knows at a glance how large the car is. Its a standard system made by the AAR that all north american railroads adhere to.
     
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    type R - Replied Aug 29, 2004

    those things used to be made out of brass in the early 1900's. i remember talking to someone that said he had one that was worth $700-$1000, but he couldnt find anyone to sell it.
     
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    sober - Replied Aug 29, 2004

    wheelbase.
     
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    nelACKson - Replied Aug 29, 2004

    some shortline railroads carry sets of encyclopedias. encyclopedias are shipped according to what letter of the alphabet they deal with. for example, all encyclopedias about the letter J are shipped in the same boxcars and those boxcars are on specific routes so they stencil the letter right on the side. It gets real confusing somtimes when theres the odd encyclopedia edition that has e-em or en because then they have to stencil on two letters. anyway, a lot of encyclopedia trains are getting robbed (and the theifs target the more popular letters like e or a...basicly any vowel) so they might stop labeling them in hopes that the theifs wont risk breaking into the cars if theres a chance they'll get stuck with the shitty load of encyclopedias like x or y. that would suck. i read about it in trains! magazine
     
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    porque - Replied Aug 29, 2004

    ...exactly...that's why we see so few 'q' cars like the QGRY in the states...it a really uninteresting encyclopedia...i mean how much do you really need to know about quails and qatar?...
     
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    lepthebeard - Replied Aug 30, 2004

    ...and qualudes...
     
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    40ozbreath - Replied Aug 30, 2004

    some good info i dont know what shit means i just know not to go over them
     
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    ZedIsAlive - Replied Aug 31, 2004

    ummm, we might actually need to know a lot about that.
     
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    EViLPRiCK - Replied Sep 6, 2004

    to think you could actually learn something if their wasnt so many people dropping bullshit.
     
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    R123N - Replied Sep 7, 2004

    WELL PUT
     
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