This is a temporary version - I plan on putting another out in the "near" future that contains more data - and will likely be a PDF with an xls alternative.
The reason there is no order info is that these were early scans - and we didn't realize at that time if it would be important (I say we - I wasn't there). This is a 20 year effort - you learn a lot in 20 years. That means, also means 20 years of orders - each order teaches us a lot about what customers want - and are looking for. We are slowly back filling data - if it is present. many drawings have no order infor (which you can see on the list - I've taken to adding that phrase rather than leaving that part of the caption empty).
There are a *LOT* of early cars that may be of interest. Cement covered hoppers in the late 20s, 3 bay 50-ton open hoppers, various Duryea underframed cars (and who knew that some hoppers have parts also used on box cars (aside from trucks and such). There is even the USRA box if you look through the list. There are export cars, trench cars, cabooses, etc.
What I plan on doing - if the interest is there - is to include the Pullman freight, the H&B freight and perhaps some others that may be of interest. That spans from about 1900 to 1960ish.
The exact nature of the drawings is, in this case at least, less important than the possibilities in the orders/Lots. By seeing that there are specific orders for specific railroads available - even if the given drawing is for a striking plate - that is important for those researching cars. They then have a good chance of finding other, ore critical drawings for their work for the cars referenced.
We started by putting EXACTLY what was in the data block. THAT was, I think, a mistake. The various manufacturers were no more standard or consistent than, well, us. I did a quick search before posting to make some things a bit more so - you have NO idea how many abbreviations for "arrangement" there were! Same with railroads. AT&SF may be Santa Fe, ATSF, AT&SF, or variants. THAT'S what we had been entering (because that's what was on the drawing). I've changed that policy to do just as you suggest - put the reporting marks, not the name or variations. Search for CRI&P stuff, you have to look for Rock, CRIP, CRIP, etc. That has to change.
MANY General Drawings have multiple associations - and when they did - no road name was provided (were it for many), So, they can be ...entertaining...to research. But...this is exactly why I wanted to post this - to get ideas and explain our process and then meld it all together so that we have a more useful product when we put a searchable data base on the web.
We are VERY much restrained by the agreement with Bombardier (they own 85-90% of the collection). That may change
At 06:23 AM 6/8/2019, D R Stinson wrote: