Re: A Glossary or Lexicon of Terms related to Freight Cars

Larry Sexton


According to my copy of the 1940 Car Builders CYC, the term is fish-belly
sill, and side sill. I'm not certain about "hatch". If you'd like to borrow
my 1940 copy, and could meet me at the Tampa Fairgrounds train show
tomorrow, you can use it while you are working on your refrigeration book
and look up any of the terms you need. I'll be tied up with finalizing
research and writing my book of my book at least through next summer. I
can't think of a finer person to which to loan my Car Builders CYC. Besides,
I don't particularly like the tone of some of the responses I've read

Call me tonight or by 12 tomorrow if you'd like to borrow the book.

Larry Sexton

Crystal River, FL

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Subject: [STMFC] A Glossary or Lexicon of Terms related to Freight Cars

I realize I may be opening a BIG can of worms with the issue I am about to
broach, but on the other hand, perhaps others have wondered about the same
thing. The issue seems more pregnant as I continue to write text and
captions for the book I am working on.

Should it be "fishbelly" or "fish belly" or "fish-belly?" Should it be
"sidesill" or "side sill" or "side-sill?" I could go on. Is a "hatch" the
opening or the appliance that covers the opening?

Maybe everyone else knows the answers and I am only the one too often in the
dark but I sincerely doubt it.

My question then is there a comprehensive resource already in existence that
we can easily access to clarify our questions about terminology, and if not,
are we a group of people that might be willing to trust the results if an
informal editorial board somehow came forward to develop a
Glossary/Dictionary/Lexicon/Manual of Style--call it what we may--that could
serve as a reliable reference? Granted people might disagree, but on the
other hand, and I am not going to put them on the spot by naming them, there
are people on this list that are very familiar with the terms we commonly
use that could do this easily, and with great authority. Of course if people
want to avoid using what is agreed upon, they are free to do so, but many of
us I think would find such a resource invaluable and would use it.

Admittedly, I have more questions than answers plus I really want to spend
my time working on my book but I think it would only require 3-5 people,
off-line of course, to come up with something. One person to coordinate and
"herd the cats" would be necessary, an editor and 2-4 assistant editors if
you will. Does this "speak" to anyone?

Bill Welch

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