Re: Another means of adding chalk markings
Don’t forget the loader or unloader who keeps his tally (count of pieces loaded or unloaded) on the car side next to the door opening.
Some locations also had checkers chalk the destination initials on the car side by the door opening so the dock men would know what car to enter.
I like to use a Conte crayon pencil for chalk marks, both white and yellow. Some marks are added before weathering and fresh ones added after.
In hump yards it appears the conductor chalked the track number on each car prior to pulling the pin. I suspect conductors did the same whe flat switching to help their brakemen route them correctly.
Montford L. Switzer
Switzer Tank Lines, Inc.
Fall Creek Leasing, LLC.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
Sent: Friday, December 4, 2020 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Another means of adding chalk markings
On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 04:25 PM, Tony Thompson wrote:
I've done some research on chalk markings and this is the same information that I have found. The markings varied by yard, crew, placement and years. Sometimes the marks are intuitive but often not. They have become somewhat of a dead language.