Re: Freight cars with multiple numbers. Observing a train with an entire fleet of box cars with multiple numbers, e.i. BN 6230, 6231, 6232, etc. is not uncommon when they've just been released from a car builder for delivery to the railroad that has ordered them.
Dateline: 1957. Location: Dallas/Oak Cliff, TX. Railroad: ATSF. Train: Southbound Freight Dallas-Cleburne, TX. Power: A-B-B-A set of FTs. Consist: Train of new Santa Fe tuscan red 50 ft. box cars.
The story: One September afternoon I was on a school bus returning home after having attended 7th grade classes at W.E. Greiner Jr. High School, when the Edgefield Street crossing lights began to flash, bells ringing their warning, and the bus driver hit the brakes. Then I hear the engineer as he sounds whistle signal 14L for the Edgefield Street crossing. Then there it was, a beautitul set of blue and yellow FTs passing right before my eyes, followed by a string of brand spanking new 50 ft. tuscan red box cars headed south for Cleburne Yard, all with multiple numbers!
A couple of girls in the front of the bus were busy shouding off the slogans on the box car sides: Santa Fe...all the way, Santa Fe...all the way, Santa Fe...all the way...until the tuscan red caboose brought up the rear of the train. Funny how your mentioning the multiple car numbers brought this "silly diddy" up from my memory bank after all these years.
Now, if I could only trade this memory in for all the % of hard cold cash it's accumulated after some 63 years I know I'm aware I wouldn't die a happy man but at least I'd die rich...LOL
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