Re: Reweigh rules


Richard Hendrickson
 

On Dec 1, 2011, at 8:59 AM, Jim wrote:
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If a car was off-a-wandering when it was time to reweigh ... was
it done by the other road or did it wait until it came back to its
home rails?
I assume the cars were weighed empty and not loaded - so were
cars routed to a reweigh location (for that purpose) or did they
just wait until they were empty at one of those locations?
It would seem that individual cars -might- have 'missed' their
reweigh dates by several months or even a year or more. Correct?
No. When the weight data on a car "timed out," it not supposed to be
accepted in interchange - and therefore, in effect, couldn't be
loaded - until it was reweighed. This was often carried out offline
by another railroad, not by the owner (though most car owners seem to
have been relatively conscientious about reweighing cars whose dates
were close to expiring whenever they came back onto home rails).
When empty, cars with expired reweigh dates were routed to the
nearest track scales to be reweighed and restenciled. No doubt there
were times when this practice was overlooked, but not often and not
for long. A sure way to get shippers upset was to have the car
containing their shipment refused in interchange because its light
weight was out of date.

Richard Hendrickson

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