Re: Calling a spade a club

Tony Thompson

Clark Propst wrote:

I had a email discussion with John Nehrich about some of the different names mainly attached to CGW cars and parts. His reasoning was you needed to call it something a persons mind's eye could visualize.
Example: The CGW ARA proposed design box cars had Pullman proprietary doors . . .
So, the CGW cars with Pullman proprietary ends, either 4/4 or 4/5 are called PS-0s . . .
This information shows that John's viewpoint on history is much like his approach to architectural history, freight car design history, etc. It is difficult not to be reminded of the Red Queen on nomenclature. One can only say, YMMV.

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