Re: Chalk marks +


armprem
 

"Car knockers" would inspect arriving cars.If they spotted any cars needing repairs they would mark,"hold","Rip"."Reweigh"Turn"etc.They often used a check mark to indicate that they had inspected the car.If a car had a defect it would be removed from a train. Just one more reason for certain chalk marks.Armand Premo

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From: "Richard Hendrickson" <rhendrickson@opendoor.com>
To: <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2007 6:47 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Chalk marks +


> On Feb 22, 2007, at 3:25 PM, Andy Laurent wrote:
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>> I've often seen a typical mark on steam era cars. It is a large "+"
>> with numbers in 3 or 4 quadrants.
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>> I have speculated that this might have something to do with the
>> dates that a car was received, spotted, overdue, picked up... but I've
>> never learned the real translation of that mark.
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> Andy, several of us have pondered the meaning of these marks in the
> past but haven't come up with an explanation. As you say, they were
> very common.
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> Richard Hendrickson
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