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Wanted: Knowledge about VIN numbers

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by paperlabels, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. paperlabels

    paperlabels Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 24, 2002 Messages: 180 Likes Received: 3
    I read on here about someone breaking down the numbers of fr8s saying the first were a rating on how active the car is and where its going and what not. I didnt think VIN #'s ever changed.... so could someone enlighten me on this matter?

  2. ~KRYLON2~

    ~KRYLON2~ 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 13, 2001 Messages: 10,493 Likes Received: 211
    i think that the #'s juss represent the trains capacitys
  3. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    yeah, that was just some nonsense somone was spitting to confuse the less knowledgable. However, the numbers do tell you how good a car it is...just not as straight forward as that.
  4. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    Ask Cracked

    He knows all this kind of shit.
  5. Wi$H

    Wi$H Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 14, 2002 Messages: 108 Likes Received: 0
    damn that would have been pretty sweet
  6. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    I knew this was going to happen when I saw that post go up.
    That dude was talking about TRAIN numbers, not CAR numbers. Every railroad has a name or number for each job that runs. Some RRs use all letters, some all numbers, and some mixed. For example I've seen something like MNPHKO, where M means something I don't know, NP stands for North Platte, HK is for Hinkle, Oregon, and O stands for something else, like what the train consists of (intermodals, mixed freight, high priority, whatever). All I can decipher from this is that the train is going to run from North Platte to Hinkle, I don't know the rest. Other RRs might use numbers as codes for origin, destination, consist, and level of priority, such as 959320, and I have no idea which digits mean what.
    I don't use this info for painting freights - I'm more interested in car numbers than train numbers. I don't know why anyone is interested in this stuff, it's just boring RR paperwork-type shit.
  7. paperlabels

    paperlabels Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 24, 2002 Messages: 180 Likes Received: 3
    thanks cracked ass.
    just curious about this stuff because i paint mostly at layup yards and the cars sit for a while and then roll. just wondering how i could tell which ones were leaving my state and which ones are dead or dormant. some lines sit there for months. they are moderately hit up, mostly west coast and upper north west. alot of texas too. i paint them anyways i dont care really, just painting whats there.
    I heard most hoppers dont get out my state much.. is this true?
    but who knows... that hopper with the 11 bodies was posted up here for a while and it was from mexico and then went to iowa.
  8. Ronnie Dobbs

    Ronnie Dobbs Senior Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 2,115 Likes Received: 0
  9. porque

    porque Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2002 Messages: 1,844 Likes Received: 0
    ...if you ask me knowing a train number is basically pointless for painting, i mean most of the time if you're hitting layups then the cars aren't part of a "train" yet anyway, they're just sitting around waiting. I have found however that it is pretty nice to have this info while benching to see where things are coming from, but it isn't always easy to get this info...
  10. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    the only thing about the numbers i know is, you shouldent go over them