Re: ID old reporting marks


On Monday, March 28, 2005, at 06:34 AM, earlyrail wrote:

What box car load is "shorts"
What tank car load is "Dist"

Shorts = grain - A lower quality - the "short" kernals
Some processes need kernals of a certain size, oatmeal being one.
Dist = Distilate - close to kerosene, about 1 cut below.

Howard R Garner
Having been a control chemist in a flour mill, to me "shorts" means the left overs of the flour mill run of ground wheat . It was called red dog by the mill people because of it's reddish color. It was fine ground flour, bran that could not be separated from each other.
Thank you
Larry Jackman
It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

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