Re: Automobile Shipping

Guy Wilber

Bob wrote,

"After some contrast and brightness manipulation the lettering in the white band looks like "R&NO", which makes little or no sense."

Upon closer examination you will see an "X" stenciled within the white stripe (to the left). An indication that the loaders were modified or upgraded to meet traffic conditions. If you replace the "&" with an "E" the stencil may read, "RENOVATED".

After WWII large numbers of loaders were in disrepair and were the direct result of damage to automobiles as well as a number of injuries to workers loading and unloading vehicles. The AAR (via the Freight Claims and Mechanical Divisions) issued several orders from early 1946 thru 1948 to owning railroads calling attention to the great number of cars equipped with faulty equipment. Repairs, upgrades and new installations were essential to maintaining the automobile traffic.


Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada

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