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

  1. coolname

    coolname Member

    Joined: Jan 6, 2003 Messages: 617 Likes Received: 18
    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.
  2. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    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.
  3. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    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.
  4. sober

    sober Guest

  5. nelACKson

    nelACKson Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2001 Messages: 3,821 Likes Received: 2
    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
  6. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...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?...
  7. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

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  8. 40ozbreath

    40ozbreath Member

    Joined: Jan 3, 2003 Messages: 821 Likes Received: 0
    some good info i dont know what shit means i just know not to go over them
  9. ZedIsAlive

    ZedIsAlive Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 9, 2004 Messages: 136 Likes Received: 0
    ummm, we might actually need to know a lot about that.
  10. EViLPRiCK

    EViLPRiCK Member

    Joined: Aug 30, 2002 Messages: 858 Likes Received: 0
    to think you could actually learn something if their wasnt so many people dropping bullshit.
  11. R123N

    R123N New Jack

    Joined: Mar 25, 2001 Messages: 16 Likes Received: 0