Re: ARA / AAR Standard Letters and Figures for Freight Car Marking
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I misunderstood the point of the blog….I thought the “AAR” lettering was as adopted by the SP and the lettering below was a further variation.
I would be interested in seeing ARA / MCB full sets of characters and numbers and believe that they existed even if they did not appear in the Annual Proceedings. As far as I am aware no other “Railroad Roman” freight car stencil drawings have surfaced and the L&P drawings refer to “ARA Standard” lettering without any drawing number reference. There are, however, two distinctly different in stroke and weight CB&Q “Extended Railroad Roman” styles for passenger equipment per photos but again no drawings have surfaced beyond a few drawing references.
I have attached a jpg of the letters that I prepared from CB&Q / ARA drawings along with a sample of one of the original CB&Q drawings.
And, of course, there were various interpretations and variations to fit particular applications of the “standard”.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave Parker via Groups.Io
I am not sure that I am completely following the discussion here, but it is a topic that has come up before. At the risk of repeating myself, the "standard" MCB/ARA/AAR Roman letter diagram dates to 1906. I have seen it reproduced a number of time in several places, and it always contains just three letters (M,C,B) and three numerals (2,7,8). If anybody as ever seen a more comprehensive character set, I would be glad to learn of it. But, based on what I have seen, no railroad could have actually conformed to standardized MCB/ARA/AAR lettering because it didn't exist -- beyond those six example characters that seem only to convey a rather general style of lettering that was adopted as an industry standard.