Re: ARA / AAR Standard Letters and Figures for Freight Car Marking
Charlie Vlk wrote:
I happened to run across Tony Thompson's blog "Prototype Lettering, Part 2".For those who may not have seen it, I provide below a link to the blog post that Charlie cites in his message:
The point of that blog post was to observe that the SP lettering, the letters shown below on the graph grid, were NOT at all the same as the MCB/ARA/AAR letters. The earliest MCB version I found in a Cyc was exactly the same as AAR letters 50 years later, as Charlie says.
Someone observed earlier that CB&Q mostly observed the AAR lettering but not entirely. I can't find that email to see if they identified which characters used by CB&Q differed.
I would also point out that although the MCB/ARA/AAR lettering is often described as "standard," it was never required, nor have I even found a mention of it being "recommended practice." Someone on the list may be able to provide such a citation.