Re: significance of Pennsy's X25?
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Just one thing I did note in the photo is that there is what I believe to
be a defect car placard along the sill.
Also the stenciling on the brake reservoir appears new, perhaps
it was in the shop for the instillation of AB Brakes? That would
definitely constitute a reweigh.
The bearings were repacked on 12-13-1943.
I converted the photo to a negative, which in most cases will give you a
better contrast and show hints of color change, an old art school drawing class
trick. I am of the opinion this is not a total repaint, but reasonably
close in sate to a repaint. What I think really gives it away is the lack of
chalk line snap marks that should be there if it were that recent.
Snow for sure, it is everywhere in the photo.
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through
In a message dated 11/5/2015 7:41:53 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Yabutt... I thought about this too, since it's
kind of silly to mark "ladder" when the ladder is obviously missing. My best
guess is there was a ladder with minor damage on the car when it was painted,
subsequently another boss/inspector decided that ladder needed replacement, so
marked it up and that replacement work is still in progress. But that's just a
A couple of other things get my attention and
make me wonder about a repaint. What is going on around the doors? I can
see some sort of what appears to be paper material just to the right of the
door. If this car was just painted, why is this there, and why isn’t it
painted too? The light material to the left of the door looks like snow,
as does the material on the protruding sill flange.
think it's all wind blown snow, both on the flanges and clinging in the
crevice behind the door.
Maybe I’m imagining it, but a very close
examination of the photo shows just a hint of what appears to be a different
paint between LDLMT 1 and 00 and between LT WT and 00 as well as behind the
P57 and 43. This was a common method of painting out reweigh data on the
The paint and lettering is in very good
condition and it may even be that that the car has not yet hit the required
reweigh date after an earlier repaint, but I’m going to stick with my opinion
that this car is not a repaint. It appears to be on a RIP track and
receiving repairs for which a reweigh will be needed, hence the RIP track crew
has painted out parts of the old reweigh data. =============
could go either way on the repaint, but what's swinging me in favor of a
re-paint is several of the chalk marks pertain specifically to the stenciling.
There would be no reason to mark the number on the car unless the number had
not yet been stenciled, likewise "1115" is marked at the far end of the car,
to ensure the proper built date is reapplied. If the car hadn't been painted,
there would be no need for this.
As to things being done out of order,
considering this is winter and the cars have to be painted in a heated shop,
likely the cars were taken inside and worked on while they warmed up, then
moved up for painting as soon as there was room, whether the repairs were
complete or not. The chalk marks are the shop foreman's way of telling the car
men on the outside RIP tracks what still needs to be completed.
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