Re: Freight car distribution
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The Southern Pacific would number specially equipped or assigned
box cars into various 600000 series. Cars moved in and out of these
series as needs changed. I have to think the whole logic of this
renumbering was that it made it far easier for yard personnel to
identify and segregate these cars so they didn't get mixed up with
the general purpose XM's.
As cars became more and more specialized, I'm sure the handling of
these cars greatly complicated car handling in terminal yards. No
wonder the railroads have so strongly embraced intermodal boxes!
That said, specialty cars exist... And are problematic: should they be