[Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] Block of cars
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
“Block” is definitely a railroad term, and refers to a string of cars destined to an intermediate or final destination from which the block may be broken up or re-classified, like the following:
LM4 “Spark Plug” Cincinnati to Pittsburgh (Scully) (Daily) MON DIV DROP OFF
Consist: (after Columbus) All freight, except livestock for Pgh and Mon Division points.
Make Up: Block 1: Eastern Div. To Pgh (Penn Street), inclusive.
Block 2: Pittsburgh (Produce Yards) and Pgh (11th Street) ONLY.
Block 3: Pgh Div points, Pittsburgh (Duquesne) to E. Pgh, inclusive (not Mon!)
Block 4: Pgh Div points to Dravosburg, exclusive, and Mon Div, Dravosburg to Fairchance, inclusive. (3/31)
Block 5: Panhandle Division, etc. to Pgh (Try St.), etc.
This freight did not traverse Mon Div, but likely left Block #4 for pick-up, maybe by ___, for distribution on Mon, as above, after arrival at Scully at 3:30 a.m..
-by ’52 ends in Pitcairn not Scully, Block 2 was Mon Div cars that were dropped off at Thomson around ~9:00 a.m. for connection w/MA50.
I have seen it in documents from the thirties, at least, so it is old school.
I don’t remember “lash-up” being used by railroaders, but I don’t remember everything clearly. J
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Anyone know when the term ”Block”, describing a set of cars headed to the same location, came into general use? Or whether that concept is in use outside of North America? Similar question regarding lcomotives, where I recall hearing the term “lashup” to refer to a set of locos. Or are these just railfan/model railroader terms?
Am debating these matters on another list and nobody participating, myself included, knows the answer.
'Blocking' is also used as a verb, referring to the act of assembling cars in blocks. I think, without citation, that this is a very old railroad term. 'Lashup' could have been hostler slang, but not a standard term as used in instruction manuals, I don't believe.