Re: Spotting features (UNCLASSIFIED)
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
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I am not totally sure what you are getting at here, but my own reply to what I think you want is: Everything counts - ends, side panels, doors, roof, running board, brake manufacturer and arrangement, trucks, RR, manufacturer, color, lettering pattern, era, materials used...
As a modeler of a specific RR, I also had to get educated on all the classes appropriate for my era, and learn a good bit about everyone else's, too, so as to model a fairly accurate fleet.
The Railroad Prototype Cyclopedia(s) put out by Ed Hawkins and Pat Wider are also a fantastic source of information, as are ORERs, prototype literature, and RR-produced correspondence and plans/general arrangements, etc.
From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of hvyweight41
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:35 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Spotting features
I have seen numerous posts which discuss spotting features. I understand there are the basic differences between types and sizes of rolling stock (I.E. box versus hopper, 40 versus 50 foot, single versus double door, etc). I've read various discussions on ends, roofs, underframes and doors. I even have two of Ted Culotta's freight car handbooks with a wealth of information. Is there a consensus on the best spotting features to discriminate whether a model is correct for a given prototype or even to identify a picture?