Re: steam era freight car images, dating from 1900 to 1942

Benjamin Hom

George Irwin asked:
"Question with respect to the lineup of boxcars: Any thoughts on what the letters inside the diamond represented?  There is at least "U" and "K" plus a "J" on the "C.C.R.R." boxcar."

My guess is those indicate cars assigned to freight forwarding lines.  Other examples include the diamond "S" used on the NYC&HR, and the folowing used on the PRR: Empire Line (arrow in rectangle), Union Line (circle and star), Anchor Line (anchor), Great Southern Despatch (intertwined "GSD").

Ben Hom

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