List of Acronyms & Terms Frequently used on OGR Forums To anyone using acronyms on the ORG Forums, a suggestion to help us all: Before using an acronym don't always assume acronyms you use are well known to all. Worst of all, many train acronyms are not easy to look up. (eg: the first match for TMCC on Google is for Truckee Meadows Community College). Please spell out abbreviations for the first use and resort to an acronym thereafter. Thanks! - (Borrowed from a post by overlandflyer,...
RTR12, Maybe now we could start another list for prototype railroad abbreviations like: PRR = Pennsylvania Railroad NYC = New York Central RR CTC = Centralized Traffic Control etc., etc., etc. I know that I often see abbreviated terms and acronyms that are meaningless to me, especially with respect to smaller or more obscure railroads. Chuck
Originally Posted by PRR1950: PRR = Pennsylvania Railroad NYC = New York Central RR CTC = Centralized Traffic Control Thanks, just added PRR & NYC. CTC was already on the list. Will try to add more RR's as they come up. I don't know what many of them are either, especially the older ones.
Originally Posted by rtr12: QC & RA added. PITA was already on list. Thanks for the additions Sorry- I missed that!....what a pita, pita was already there! In my defense I was hopping back and forth, installing some Q decals and then checking posts. Ok, as a semi-redeeming shot, here's some that actually aren't on your current list; -"Q" a term with burlington folks for the CB&Q..not widely spread among the community, but hey. -"TLR" that looks right... a term for scratchbuilders or...
Burlington Route, Added 'Q, TLR, PE & PO' Not a PITA, Thanks! To all: Also added a few more major rail roads. Tried to add who they are now to some that are no longer around. This could take on a life of it's own, so I think I will try to stick with just the major names. Maybe another list can be done someday for just the railroads.
Originally Posted by og fan: @RTR12 great post. understandably, this took some time and effort. im sure many of us appreciate it. i did.. thanks !! I struggled with some of these myself. I hope the folks on here will be able to find it and get some use from it. Took a little time. Rich formatted the first list to get me started which helped a lot. It's getting a lot longer than I thought. Wanted to contribute something here and I don't know anything about model railroading or trains, so here...
"POTS - Plain Old Telephone Set (Just for Fun - We'll see if anyone notices?)" This plain old telephone man noticed. It's actually "plain old telephone SERVICE," and it's an actual RBOC / LEC term. (Regional Bell Operating Company / Local Exchange Carrier). POTS, as opposed to PANS, which is "Pretty Amazing New Stuff" referring to optical fiber packet transmission, for example.
Originally Posted by Brandy: rtr12, here are 2 more used on some other forums, that you can add! gtbsm- Got to Be Sh**ting Me ygtbsm- You Got to Be Sh**ting Me Thanks for the addition, but I am going to let Rich weigh in on these. I don't recall exactly, but when I first started trying to put this list together there were a couple like this that I believe were removed? I'm thinking it was when Rich originally formatted the list for me. I want to stay within the forum rules and don't want to...
Originally Posted by hojack: Originally Posted by rtr12: thank you all for the additions, please keep them coming. ITS - the Ives Train Society MESG - Modern Era Standard Gauge SGMA - the Standard Gauge Module Association Originally Posted by MartyE: LUG =Legacy Users Group All added, Thanks. Trying to keep the descriptions as short as possible, but along with additions, I should add that any errors noticed, corrections needed or clarifications welcome also. I didn't know what a lot of these...
The Conventional description could be misread. One can run TMCC and I think DCS in Conv. Maybe use: Train control mode using varying track voltages and reversing units (see E Units). E Units can be mechanical or electronic. But good list.
RTR 12, FWIW, (JMHO) IIRC, POT S = Plain Old Telephone System At least that's how I learned it but I could be AFU – All Fouled Up or FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition - its just the NAVY in me... which generally means SNAFU – Situation Normal, All Fouled Up Now Rich can have his way with me... Best, Dave
Having started my career in telecommunications 41 years ago, POTS caught my eye. I agree with Arthur. Also having been around too long. I agree with Dan, I hate acronyms as much as graffiti, and that is an awful lot. However, we are stuck with acronyms, so I commend you RTR12 for starting this list off. There are some I certainly did not know.
To all the recent posters and their comments, Thanks for the additions, and the kind words! I think I have them all added in without messing anything else up. Dave Garmin, I am familiar with FUBAR and SNAFU, but never seen the term 'Fouled' used with those before? I think Rich will be OK with them in that form! Dan Padova, Rtr12 is me!! My handle, moniker, forum name or whatever they call these things?? Actually Rtr12 = Tom (or Thomas - my legal name). And I don't care for these much either,...
This can really start going sideways quickly. Too much work for a hobby. Part of my life is tripping through government run health care client guide lines which is loaded with acronyms which lazy writers, who seem to be asserting impressive knowledge, just assume others know. It falls flat for me. As far as I am concerned it may as well be a code. Effective communication is clearly conveying knowledge.
I certainly can't argue with that! This list is getting a bit long and I sometimes wonder if anyone ever uses it?? Probably still missing a ton of things too, but I try to add new ones as I see them around here. After a few years it finally registered to copy the idea from others and add it to my tag line, sign off or whatever they call it these days. Just thinking it might help at least a few folks around here and at least maybe make it easier to find.
ZW-C should probably point out the Lionel Manufacturer Number (Lionel 6-32930). Same for the ZW-L (Lionel 6-37921) Should add an entry for the ZW-R , ZW (R) , or ZW Model R - natural evolution of the ZW - most notably uses 18V (#1445) indicator lamps instead of 6V (#51). It boils my blood when someone calls a ZW-C or ZW-L a ZW - they aren't!
Thanks for clearing up a few abbreviations for me! One that might be added is NKP, for the Nickel Plate Road, which is all too commonly abbreviated as "NPR" which AFAIK stands for National Public Radio.
I'm pretty sure that was on the list at one time. Rich helped me with the editing and formatting when I first started working on it and posted it here. There were a couple of things that didn't quite make the cut. That is also one of my favorites!
If you like acronyms, deal with the military...all three major services have their own jargon..unintelligible to outsiders...l have sat in meetings where l was speaking "Sanskrit" and they were speaking "Navajo".
Here's one missing. I had to go to a slang dictionary as the usual meaning didn't fit...... ISO "International Standards Organization" is the one most folks here would know. OR "In Search Of" - which means "wanted" I guess (wtb wft is what I'd expect)
We have a neighborhood email/media/social site where people post things they have to sell, want to buy, neighborhood news, report strange goings on, etc. ISO shows up there all the time and I still have to think about it.
Thanks for the list RTR12. Here's few more to ad. ABS -Automatic Block System ALCO - American Locomotive company Budd - Railroad car manufacturer COFC -Container On Flat Car CWR -Continuous Welded Rail FM - Fairbanks Morse GE - General Electric LIMA - An American firm that manufactured railroad locomotive (1870's to 1950's) Ma&Pa - Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad RDC -Rail Diesel Car USRA -United States Railroad Association
Psssst…. Hotwater, The title of this thread is : List of Acronyms & Terms Frequently used on OGR Forums. In the original listing there are company names mentioned w/a description of the company, such as Atlas, K-line, Lionel, Marx etc etc (etcetra etcetra ;-) ) . A few more acronyms: ACF - America Car and Foundry (rail car manufacturer ) BFF - Berwick Forge and Fabricating ( rail car manufacture in Berwick Pa ) IRB - Insulated Rail Block IRJ - Insulated Rail Joint
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