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trophy case: reporting marks bagged

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by Cracked Ass, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    This is hopeless freight geek stuff to most, but I thought: sports players have stats, bird watchers keep track of the number of rare species they've seen, etc., and I'm an anal retentive old fucker myself, so why not compile some freight career stats.
    Today's subtopic is: how many different reporting marks have you bagged? Pieced cars only.
    I count 129. The breakdown by alphabet is a little lopsided: I'm still missing J, X, and Z, yet I have 21 different marks starting with C. I suppose you could inflate your numbers pretty quickly by demolishing a yard full of mixed hoppers. We might have to handicap any marks ending in X - except some of those can be really rare as well as super common.
    Rarer birds for me include ONT, CGR, SCL (solid gold), WCRC, and FCCM, all boxes.
    I know, this is a gay topic. I should have been a math teacher or something.
  2. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623

    i don't even know the number of freights i've pieced, much less the reporting marks..
  3. fr8otech

    fr8otech Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2002 Messages: 2,057 Likes Received: 0
    finally someone starts an interesting topic

    I'll look through and add my two cents

    IRON WIZARD New Jack

    Joined: Nov 6, 2003 Messages: 88 Likes Received: 0
    oh thats going to take some time ill be back
  5. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...ahh yes...freight nerds unite...

    ...i'll have to look through the archives o figure this out but i'm hrribly hampered by the fact that i've only lived in one area so most of the cars i get are the same...

    ...i'm probably wrong...but...isn't SCL seaboard coast line?...i though all original solid colds were fge...

    ...also...what about different cars with the same reporting marks...for instance...i've gotten at least five different kinds of GMRCs...from smaller railroads and stuff like that...but still with original paint jobs and heralds...should these count as only one or five...and what about rare restamps...i got a solid cold but it was a CSXT...i hold it hgher than all those damn waffles though...but i guess this is different...
  6. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    how the hell did you think of doing this...i'll have to check back and see what everyone's got.
  7. angelofdeath

    angelofdeath Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 4,375 Likes Received: 79
    yeah this is a very interesting idea for sure. sucks for me cause half my numbers arent in my albums, but im gonna have to go through them now and atleast get a statistic off my albums. i can safely say though that atleast a quarter of my numbers are blue csxt waffles and ridgies.

    FR8HOUND Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 21, 2001 Messages: 6,795 Likes Received: 38
    FUCK, it figures a thread like this would be started, right after I tossed the evidence..:lol: .. I use to keep track of all the ID numbers of every car I painted, always taking a pen /paper to the spot, sometimes forgetting and writing it down on the side of a can, with a paint stick..I just cleaned my desk out, and thought, shit what do I need this for anymore..the last entry was placed in it in October..so I threw it out, feeling that it was just incriminating evidence anyways..But Craked, It was pretty high up there as well, variety is a plus, some take it for granted, some are stuck with the same old cars..But I know we both got some crazy variety, but you took it with that Guatemala shit..you hotdog.
  9. rob deer

    rob deer Guest

    my personal slideshow plays by lines of fr8...so I get the Alm to start, the aly gondola...the armn's next...to the bn's n shit to the crle's cp's cn's ...the C's take up half the show...
    I'm gonna say I hit 60ish, only cause I've done a few of anonomous hoppers n tankers. they couldn't all be acfx and gatx. the pooled gondolas are nice for strange lines too.

    sounds like I have to play a lot of catch up
  10. snotrocket

    snotrocket Guest

    STE, D&RGW, ELS, MNNR, GTRA, STMA, TASD, TOE, ARMH(SOLID COLDS), are some of the odd ball stuff ive gotten around my way.
  11. nvOne

    nvOne Member

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  12. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    SCL is seaboard coast line. This was a Solid GOLD, not Solid Cold.
    I had the same problem with Solid Colds, they were all SFLC, BNFE, or UPFE when I hit em, and I've hit other types with those marks. I just count the actual marks, making allowances for Canadian subclasses (CP-CPAA, CN-CNA-CNIS are five different marks to me) but just saying "oh well" if a rare car got restamped something common.
    GMRC bought a whole bunch of gorgeous shortline cars and restamped them all, including Texas Mexican Railway, Helena & Southwestern (nice cowboy/saloon font), and more. I shrug and count them all as GMRCs. Whatever they used to be, once they get restamped they are going to be running the routes belonging to the new company, so I think the newest stamp is the only appropriate one to count. Of course this is a true geek topic so you're welcome to ramble on about the rare restamps you've gotten gypped on.
    I don't know what to do about trains that get restamped after you paint them. I have eight or ten now confirmed. The new stamp for most of those is a bigger company I had already bagged many times over, and the old company still runs some of my panels with the old mark, so no real complaints.
  13. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    ...and I thought I was a freight yard junkie, guess I'm just a weekend chipper.....mostly common cars in my yards, yet really enjoying the black HS's and old rusty TBOX's....
  14. fr8yardjunky

    fr8yardjunky Member

    Joined: Jun 22, 2002 Messages: 810 Likes Received: 0
    ^^^ hey im fr8yardjunky:tongue:
    i tried to figure it out. but i could nt tell some of the hopper marks, never really paid any attention to them
  15. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...i hear you cracked...i've just always been more interested in what the original schemes were on cars than anything else...i love catching defunct shortlines that have been restamped by the big companys...

    ...i counted mine up from flicks and memeories and i only have 37 that i can say for sure...about 5 that i'm not sure what they were...pretty pathetic but what can you expect when you hardly travel and always paint the same spots...i didn't count any of my grey bellies because i don't usualy know hwta they were...so these are just the boxes...

    ...i don't have anything super rare...just a few shortlines that all have 3 digit serials...