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Wanted: Knowledge about VIN numbers

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

  1. paperlabels

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    Wanted: Knowledge about VIN numbers

    Discussion started by paperlabels - Oct 22, 2002

    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?

    Thanks
     
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  2. ~KRYLON2~

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    ~KRYLON2~ - Replied Oct 22, 2002

    i think that the #'s juss represent the trains capacitys
     
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    Ski Mask - Replied Oct 22, 2002

    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.
     
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    KaBar - Replied Oct 23, 2002

    Ask Cracked

    He knows all this kind of shit.
     
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    Wi$H - Replied Oct 23, 2002

    damn that would have been pretty sweet
     
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    Cracked Ass - Replied Oct 23, 2002

    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.
     
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  7. paperlabels

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    paperlabels - Replied Oct 23, 2002

    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.
     
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    Ronnie Dobbs - Replied Oct 23, 2002

    :eek:
     
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    porque - Replied Oct 24, 2002

    ...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...
     
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    Dick Quickwood - Replied Nov 3, 2002

    the only thing about the numbers i know is, you shouldent go over them
     
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