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idenifiers on boxcars

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Guest SPFlatty

does anyone know about the little gray identifiers or whatever they are on boxcars (usually located on the right panel in the blackbox area)? i've heard the workers scan some sort of card into these things and they can see where the box has been. my real questions is if these things are painted on, does it do any damage, damage that could make obvious where it was painted?

i do my best to not make it anymore difficult on the railworkers, i just want to make sure i havent disturbed the flow of a job that needs to be done...

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those are called AEI tags. they work on a weak RF signal, so its proximity, not any kind of optical scanning. The workers will have a big scanning gun that looks like the kind you use if you do inventory at a department store, it reads the stored info from the AEI tag so they have the correct info.

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At least those things work, I remember the actual barcode strips from the 70's, (not that Im that old) with the "reading post" located at yards, those barcodes didn't work to well once the grime collected on cars and engines though...

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I notice alot of AEI tags (on BNSF's) which are spraypainted BUT the car is not....evidence of the wholecar buff.....thanks for the link ese

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Guest schick1

shit i paint over those things alot, does that mean it will get buffed?

here is what i stay off of: the main number(yeah im stupid), load lmit and the number below it on the left panel, and the black box on the right panel. so should i stay of the thing a majigs at the bottom of panels that they scan?

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Guest me IS cool

I had no idea what those things were for. I walways painted them wondering what the hell their purpose was. Thanks for the new knowledge. :king:

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Guest SPFlatty

thanks ese, thanks lep...ive painted a grip of bn's...gulp...i'd hate to know they were part of some big buff-over...

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Me too. I've often wondered what was the function of those tags. I had no idea that they were RF readable. Now I know. Thanks for the link, too. BTW, how did you find out what they are to start with?

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