Re: Car End Data

Dave Parker
 

The short (I hope) answer is that these "equipment lists" were first adopted by the MCB in 1896 as a Recommended Practice, and advanced to Standard 5 years later.  Exactly what needed to be in the list evolved over time.  By the late teens (at least), the list could be stenciled on either the sides or the ends of the cars.  When the new ARA lettering standards were adopted on 1 March, 1927, the equipment list became optional, but it was recommended that these stencils be confined to the car ends.  Presumably this was to eliminate clutter on the car sides in the face of the new requirement for dimensional data to the right of the door of house cars.

Some owners continued to stencil these lists on the car-ends into the 1930s, but many did not.  It can often be hard to tell in photos of well-weathered cars with dirty ends.

Hope this helps.
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Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA

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