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Date: 04/26/20 21:11
SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: bradleymckay

Outbound power plan, per train symbol listed, for ICTF Long Beach:

1RXCXF-21 8pm 9696-8389-9683
1SXCHT-21 10pm 9624-EMD6346-8032-9626

1AXDAT-22 1am 8092-6777-8039
1AXMFT-22 3am 7399-8355-9610
1LXCXF-22 6am 9748-7106-7345
1AXHOT-22 10am 6844-7672-7655-9213 (off 1CXLAF-19)

1NXNST-22 12:01pm not listed

RX-Evergreen Marine
SX-Sealand
AX-APL
LX-ICTF
NX-NYK


East Program

1RXCRF-21 No work
2SXCHT-21 Set out 1 stack at City of Industry, pick up 14 Kansas City autos. Pick up 628/640 tags at West Colton.

1SXCHT-21 Pick up 1 stack at COI off 2SXCHT-21.

1AXDAT1-22 Pick up 311/486 tags at West Colton.

1AXMFT-22 Pick up 496 tags at West Colton.

1LXCXF-22 Pick up 943/926 tags at West Colton.

1AXHOT-22 Pick up 350 tags at West Colton.

(SP ran both a RXCRF-21 and a RXCXF-21 that day. "CR"=Conrail and "CX"=CSXT).

This is SP's (sort of) version of PSR.

Who wants to help explain what "tags" are and the tag codes. WAF??

Allen

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Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 04/26/20 21:21 by bradleymckay.



Date: 04/26/20 21:22
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: Railbaron

"Tags" was just SP's way of saying "blocks" - cars going to a similar destination. Have no clue what the specific "tags" were in this case.



Date: 04/27/20 15:15
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: WAF

Allen, the tags are different now from 45 years ago. The tags are the station codes. Portland BN were 005 tags, Rosevilles were 230. Bay Area were in the low 300s. LA A yard was 420. 460 was COI and 480 was WC. El Paso was 550, Dallas 720, Houston 760, PB 820, ESTL 840. The tags were broken down quite a bit, but you get the drift. So if you got a pink message at Oakland, telling you to pick up 820s and 840s tags at San Jose, you were picking up PB and ESTL cars. I have most of the tag list.



Date: 04/27/20 15:20
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: WAF

So in 1974, the blocking of the LAOAF was from the caboose BSM cars, 311 tags (SF), 322 ( Redwood City), 333 (Sunnyvale), 314( Mulford) and 325 (Newark). In reality when the LAOAF hit San Jose, everything but the BSM block cames off and a Bayshore Drag takes the Peninsula cars and SF cars and a SJOAY takes the Newarks and Mulfords



Date: 04/27/20 17:50
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: cewherry

Hey, I remember this.

When I was working as a brakeman on the PE,  (spent just enough time
to drink a cup of coffee and move on), they were using a tag system of
numbers that had 100, 200, 300 and so fourth up to 900. Recall that 700's
were destined to their former Western district, 900's were Northern district cars.
How specific did these numbered cards that were stapled to the boards get?
Did it get down to a specific shipper such as, say a 703 went to Copeland Lumber etc?
The yard clerks at Butte St. yard, where I spent most of my time, would do the 'nailing'.

Thanks Allen and Wes.

Charlie  



Date: 04/27/20 18:33
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: WAF

Didn't get you to an exact location, Charlie. Your SPINS did that for you. The tag just got it to the right town, lol, hopefully.



Date: 04/27/20 18:49
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: cewherry

WAF Wrote:
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> Didn't get you to an exact location, Charlie. Your
> SPINS did that for you. The tag just got it to the
> right town, lol, hopefully.

When did SPINS start and was PE part of that?
My PE time was in 1962.

C



Date: 04/28/20 07:48
Re: SP tidbits from 9/21/91
Author: WAF

Late 60s?



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