Freight Car Classifications?

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  1. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

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    I'm looking for an official listing of abbreviations for rolling stock. For example:

    BOX = Boxcar
    CAB = Caboose
    GON = Gondola

    Anyone know where I can find such a list? I've searched the NMRA site, and can't find anything.
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I think AAR (Association of American Railroads) maintains the official set.
    The best I can remember is that XN is the common boxcar.
  3. webmaster

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    I've had a good look on the web & all I can find is road name abbreviations. :cry:
  4. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    If you can be more specific, I can provide a list. Here's a list for boxcars, the different designations denote different lengths and/or different equipment.
    XM
    XMI
    XMIH
    BX
    VA
    VM
    XC
    XCI
    XU
    XP
    XR
    XL
    XLI
    There are also code numbers to go with these letter designations: for instance, there are 12 different versions of the XM. All of this info is from a copy of the June, 1968 ORER (Official Railway Equipment Register). Some of the types listed may no longer be in service, while new classes may have been added.
    I don't mean to muddle the issue, and I'll be glad to type out a more precise list when I have a little more time. However, it would help if you could list the car types that you have, or hope to have, as there are several 'phone book size pages of info, all with very small type.

    Wayne
  5. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    From what I get, and can remember, from another site, here are a couple.
    Like Dr.Wayne said, each one has a subclass, which benotes the second of third letter.
    XM=boxcar
    LO=Covered Hopper
    GB=Gondola
    FT=Flatcar
    RBL= Insulated Boxcar
    Those are just a few.
  6. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

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    Okay, maybe the AAR/ORER abbreviations are too "official" for what I have in mind. I don't really need a boxcar broken down into 23 different categories or anything that fancy. I was hoping for something simple, along the lines of what I originally posted.

    Thanks for the effort guys, much appreciated!
    :thumb:
  7. webmaster

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    I personally think what you originally posted is best. It is self explanatory and follows the KISS principle.
  8. railroader9731

    railroader9731 Member

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    gee i thought i was the only one that wanted this kind of info. 2yrs ago i asked on a diffrent web page and the directed me here http://www.nakina.net/aartype.html i think you all will find this intresting. pv('http://www.nakina.net/aartype.html','1', 525)
  9. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    Thanks for posting that link, railroader9731, saves me a lot of typing, as it's basically what's in the ORER.

    Wayne
  10. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    I think what threw us all off was the wording "official abreviations".
    Sorry about that.
  11. 2-8-2

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    Hehe, next time I'll be more careful! :oops:

    I guess "official" wasn't really what I was wanting...plain and simple is more like it.