Re: Reflective Tape For Freight Cars

Staffan Ehnbom

Scotchlight was introduced on the GN aluminum box car 2500 in 1944 as described in Railway Age 12/9/44 in the road name, reporting marks and the goat (silver) and background to the goat (red). The photo does not show delineators att his time. But a photo of the 2500 with a 8-45 service date shows small circular images along the bottom of the side indicating that delineators had been applied at that time.

Staffan Ehnbom

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:34 AM, thecitrusbelt@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

I understand that this material, known by a variety of names such as Scotchlite, reflective tape, reflective delineators, etc., has been in general use on freight cars and locomotives since the mid-1950s.


Can anyone confirm that Scotchlight delineators were introduced on Great Northern box cars in 1944?




Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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