Gatwood, Elden J SAD

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Unfortunately, that answer conflicts with a stencil explanation given for
several classes of box cars and gondola cars that were designated, by the use
of that small triangle, as being in segregated service. Most of those cars
were leased, and as leased cars, and not owned by the RR, were not to be
repaired with RR dollars, and so, were billed to the owner by a separate
procedure. Also unfortunately, I have no idea if this concept started off
the way you describe and then shifted (for some odd reason) to the other, but
clearly gondola cars were not used for grain service, and numbers of the
600xxx series gons were stenciled with that little white triangle.

Elden Gatwood

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Dear Group...

While looking through the July, 1951 issue of Railroad Magazine, I found this
Q&A on page 67:

Q)...Several new Pennsy boxcars have a white triangle stenciled on their
sides, centered between the railroad name and car number. Can you tell me
what this symbol means?

A)...The white triangle is a new Pennsylvania Railroad designation for a PRR
Class A boxcar to be loaded with grain and other milling products, and
returned to Buffalo for reloading, when empty. such cars are specially
coopered to make them tight and dry for grain hauling, and they are equipped
with special grain doors. If you follow "INFORMATION BOOTH" (another
department in RAILROAD MAGAZINE) you already know that the New York Central
marks its Buffalo grain service boxcars with a white star.

Steve Vallee

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