Re: Car End Data


Dennis Storzek
 

On Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 08:10 PM, Jack Mullen wrote:
As several posters have noted, the practice of stencilling data on car ends didn't end after the requirement was dropped, but the content changed over time.
While the WWI era stenciling that Eric linked to seems like an advertisement for the builder, kind of like the option list on a car dealer's window sticker, it eventually evolved to include only those items that were truly useful, mostly to the RIP track foremen. When a car showed up on the RIP track, and it could well be a foreign road car, the first thing the foreman had to decide was whether to assign someone to repair it, or hold it while parts were ordered. Having information like spring size and class stenciled on the car meant he didn't have to have someone disassemble it, only to have to stop until the required parts came in. The stenciling avoided wasted time, and kept his facility fluid; a bad order car can typically still be switched, unless it's up on jacks.

As to reporting marks on the truck bolster and sill, as far as I know that was always an MCB/ARA/AAR recommendation; doors too. Basically any part of the car that was likely to come loose on the repair track, or in a wreck. It greatly aided getting all the parts back together. If one doesn't see the stenciling on the bolster, it's likely there, but covered with dirt.

Dennis Storzek

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