Re: Chalk marks +


On the roads that I worked for, Bad Ordered cars were not chalked. The received a BO form on each side of the car say exactly what was wrong. This card was removed at the rip track when repairs were complete and filled with any other forms and papers for the repair. The rip track did not guess at chalk marks as to what was wrong. This was required by the rule book.
Thank you
Larry Jackman
Boca Raton FL
I was born with nothing and
I have most of it left

On Feb 22, 2007, at 8:32 PM, A. Premo wrote:

"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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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Chalk marks +

On Feb 22, 2007, at 3:25 PM, Andy Laurent wrote:

I've often seen a typical mark on steam era cars. It is a large "+"
with numbers in 3 or 4 quadrants.

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.
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.

Richard Hendrickson

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