I was watching a freight train roll by a few weeks ago, and I saw a series of sand cars with a variety of patched reporting marks. I thought I’d share them – they are interesting if you look hard enough!
PMRX 13105 has a relatively clean patch over the previous reporting mark.
Keep an eye on the weights of these cars. The LD LMT is the load limit, how much product can go into the car. The LT LIMIT + LT WT = 286,000 lbs., a standard car weight.
The LT WT (light / empty weight) on each car in this series is a little different. They were manufactured by different companies, and periodically each car is weighed and the light weight is updated.
WFRX 406061 was patched more aggressively with white lettering on a black background.
There were several SCYX cars in this train and they were all lettered the same…. SCYX “right justified” against the rib with four digits on one side of the rib and two on the other. I guess six digits don’t fit between the ribs.
The font is a little thinner than most fonts used for railway marks.
This CKIX patch is a little less professional, in my opinion. The previous reporting mark looks like it was rollered out and the font size of CKIX is a lot smaller than the number.
SHQX 1733 clearly has its original reporting mark, with a stylized logo “Mandy preferred sands” above the mark.
Preferred Sands supplies “hydraulic fracturing proppants” (aka sand for fracking) as well as other types of sand and gravel. I don’t know why it says “Mandy”.
HWCX 14155 has a really tight and thin font to cram the five digits between the ribs.
Even a “boring” train has some interesting parts if you look for them.
Just One More Thing
I just finished reading So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This book is a very readable discussion about the many issues about race in today’s society. Ms. Oluo writes about her experiences as a queer Black woman in America, interspersed with a lot of really good explanations of the many problems that people of colour face today.
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One of the many things I liked about this book is that it has counters to all of the standard “arguments” that people use to try to shut down discussions about race. I try to speak out when I see racism, and I’ve seen a few different tactics that people try to stop talking about race. This book has given me some ideas on how to get around those and continue the conversation.
I know it’s uncomfortable to talk about racism and our part in it, but as a white male I have the privilege to be able to stop talking about it, while people of colour have to live it every day. It’s not enough to “not be racist”; we have to be anti-racist and advocate for fairness in all aspects of our society.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a great book that can help educate you on racism today, So You Want To Talk About Race is a very readable, engaging and sometimes funny book.