Aligning A Freight Car To A Loading Door

Bob Chaparro

Courtesy of Bob Drenth and Jeff Aley...

In cases where track and building did not allow man to be on that side of a car to get doors lined up- usually the rail directly outside the door would get painted red or yellow –so a switchman could use that as a guide to spot the car-get the door of the car directly above the paint and the car and building would be “close enough” for the loading to proceed..



I find this very interesting – it’s simple and clever.  I had never noticed this before; was this a common practice?  And if so, were industries doing so back in the early 1950’s (I don’t see why not)?



Was this commonplace or just particular to certain railroads? Does anyone have a photo or photo link?


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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