Boxcar Car Stenciling Practices

Bob Chaparro
 

Boxcar Car Stenciling Practices

I've notice in builder's photos steam and transition era boxcars have a stencil stating "New" with a month and year which appears just above the sill to the right of the Capacity, Load Limit and Light Weight data.

Boxcars that have been in service long enough to require reweighing have their original stencils replaced by station symbols and reweigh dates.

The stencil information stating when the car was built then appears above the sill to the right of the door as "BLT" with a month and year.

Is there a required specification for these stencils and their locations or is it just a matter of recommend practice?

Thanks.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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