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Re: PC: PC\CR frieght symbols
- Subject: Re: PC: PC\CR frieght symbols
- From: anderson <andersoncn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 05:18:41 -0700
LAKINSA -AT- AXP.CALUMET.PURDUE.EDU wrote:
> Can anybody try to explain how the PC and early CR used the two letter one number symbols.
> Seth Lakin
> Chesterton IN
Some of those old train symbols were a carry-over from NYC practice that
dated back to World War II, but routings were changed while the two-lette
symbol remained. For example:
***In 1944, BF-9 ran from Pittsburgh to Cleveland (Rockport Yard), while
in 1969, BF-7 was a Detroit-Toledo train.
***In 1944, LS-7 was a Philadelphia-Chicago train via Cleveland, while in
1969, LS-5 was a Toledo-Detroit symbol.
***NY-4 shows up in both 1944 and 1969 schedules, although in '44 it was
a Chicago-New York freight via Cleveland, while in 1969 it shows up as an
Elkhart-Buffalo train via Detroit (and Ontario).
How they came up with the designations is lost to history, I guess. Most
of the letter symbols don't correspond with cities of origin/destination
(with the exception of those "NY"-symboled trains). NYC simply gave
trains a couple of letters and a number and that was that. In 1967, NYC
ran an "LS"-symboled train (LS-1) from New York City to Bensenville Yard
(Milwaukee Road) in Chicago, and another "LS" train (LS-3) from Boston to
Streator, Illinois via Detroit. The only thing those two trains had in
common was re-classification in Elkhart. So why were they both
"LS"-symbols? Your guess is as good as mine...
To wrap it up, PC (and Conrail in it's very early months) simply kept
symbols of existing trains from NYC (and maybe PRR). They didn't have to
make sense to railfans, just to the railroad (and to shippers, I
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