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Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Gunm, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    Since i get around trains so much, where is there an official resource/pictography I can get hooked up with for the following:

    1. Names for all the different cars

    2. Meanings of the numbers printed on the sides of the boxcars

    3. What all those little labels in the plastic baggies are

    4. Why there's little squares of wood bolted to the sides sometimes

    5. Signal switches

    anything else train train related. I figure it was time to learn something about the very things I'm always taking pictures of.
  2. fr8otech

    fr8otech Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2002 Messages: 2,057 Likes Received: 0
    There really is no ONE list which I've found that has everything listed for codes of the freights. Yes, there are many and people will link you to some, but not one will have everything. Best bet is to search for each code as it comes across your path. A simple search for 'rail codes' or anything along those lines gives you lots.

    The various numbers are different. You got Load limits and dimensions, along with the black box, which contain the build date, and sometimes the rebuild dates.

    plastic bags usually contain instructions of what to do with spills or any problem with loads.

    The wood is basically a bulletin board. There you will see things like 'unload this side only' and things like that.

    Signals are all different. Sometimes you can tell when a inbound or out bound train is approaching and what line it's taking. Other times, they're used solely for clearance.


    this site is great. One of my favorites.
  3. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    that website is awesome.

  4. beer me

    beer me New Jack

    Joined: Jun 23, 2004 Messages: 99 Likes Received: 0
    That site is good.. its the one i always use for information on cars i find...
    You beat me to posting the link.. ya bastid.........
  5. fr8otech

    fr8otech Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2002 Messages: 2,057 Likes Received: 0
    Nothing beats getting posted on that site
  6. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    do you have any suggestions for other sites of that caliber?

    i went to the links section and tried to find a few but no success.
  7. SWX1994

    SWX1994 Member

    Joined: Jun 8, 2004 Messages: 515 Likes Received: 0
    not to be a dick, but you will value the information you seek a lot more if you figure it out on your own.

    FR8HOUND Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 21, 2001 Messages: 6,795 Likes Received: 38
    The world is a vast place to discover, open your mind, be free little grasshopper, and breathe in the knowledge, that lies before you''
  9. Bellbeefer

    Bellbeefer Senior Member

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  10. wacytabacy

    wacytabacy New Jack

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  11. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    please stop polluting these threads.