Re: Standard Steel Drawing List
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Congrats on getting this far with the SSC drawings. I can sympathize with the effort involved. I'm currently scanning 30,000 8x10 builders photos negatives. It takes time.
Based on the dozen SSC drawings in my collection, they do contain a bunch more data then you are showing. The upper right corner typically identifies the quantity of cars ordered and by what RR, and sometimes the road numbers.
The title block has a date, please enter at least the year in one column and the whole date in another. This allows for a date range search, where as the whole dates search is very problematic. However the whole date is often helpful in gathering up the drawings for a specific car, since often all the drawings have the same date.
I understand that the naming convention is not always equal, but in order to help finding things, there needs to be some standardization.
In the spreadsheet I saw a lot of General Drawing. The generic car construction term is General Arrangement drawing, often abbreviated as GA.
Underframe Arrangement is UF
Brake Arrangement is BA
The others, like End Arrangement, Side Arrangement, Top Arrangement, etc, are usually spelled out.
If you know the weight or gallons capacity, please place that in another column
If you know the road numbers please include them in another column
From my limited knowledge of SSC drawings, the required drawings are usually clustered together, rather than in families, like PS, BLW, Alco.
If there is a prior drawing that is referred to, please include that number in it's own column.
Consider a column for Materials, ie, Wood, Composite or Steel
Inside length would be helpful if known.
When more columns are used, the Data Filter function can be used, and it saves a lot of time. It can also be used to find spelling errors and other irregularities. Like MoPac vs MP.
No, I won't be at the bar CCB. My limo, with the big bag of cash, is stuck in a mid-west snow storm.
Being able to find a 6500 gallon Tank car built between 1917 and 1919 for UTLX is a lot easier with the extra columns.
I had to do this for a 50,000 unit locomotive roster. Believe me, now when I'm looking for a 0-6-0, meter gage that went to a Cuban sugar plantation in the 1920's, I only get a few hits.
Keep up the good work.
On Thursday, January 23, 2020, 4:20:57 PM EST, Bob Webber <rgz17@...> wrote:
I have an updated Standard Steel drawing list. This list is both freight (from SS-0 - SS-99999) and Passenger (SS-100000 and above).
It can be found here:
All this is done by volunteers. Multiple volunteers. That means their input style is different, as is their spelling, abbreviations, etc. No kidding tho - the originals are rife with the same thing. Remember all this is supposed to happen with the work done in 1 6 hour day a week.
We've added over 1000 Standard Steel drawings in the past 6 months. We have other work happening all the time, including preparing for the big move.
And remember, just like that good old cook on the AT&SF - be careful what you criticize, you will be given the job!