Re: Photo: Refrigerator Load In Cincinnati Northern Boxcar S-3359 (1928)


On the NYC, "S" denoted two things: It meant a "System" car that was "at home" on any NYC line, and it also
(usually) meant a car having the highest allowable amount for repairs; thus usually the newest and best cars.
As I recall this was used from about 1923 to the early 30's. Other such groupings were a letter "A" below the NYC oval(which was the intermediate valuation) , and no symbol at all, which was the lowest valuation of car .As always in the railroad business there were inconsistencies and exceptions.
Larry King

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