Keys to Descriptions
Copyright 2001 – 2010 Thomas C. Madden
Record #: A sequence number for each record, for sorting the database back to its original order if necessary.
Builder: ACF, Budd, or
Names: Car name(s). Original name first, then changes and the dates they took effect.
Heritage: New, Rebuilt or (for Tourist/Troop Cars only), Converted.
Service Date: Date car entered service when new, rebuilt or converted.
Rebuilt from: Plan number and name of car prior to rebuilding or conversion.
Type: P - Parlor, L - Lightweight, T - Tourist, S - Standard (i.e.
all HW cars except Parlor and Tourist), D - Diner, B - Business, Pr - Private
car. These are
Sheathing: Side construction style plus changes. Earliest style (up to mid-1914) was "Gothic" (simulated wood steel sheathing, upper window sashes, ribbed roofs, narrow letterboards.) Gothic style is the number following, either 246 or 372, and refers to the style of decorative glass in the upper window sashes rather than structural differences. Transition cars (mid-1914 to early 1916) show "Steel EL" (EL = Extended [wide] Letterboard). Gothic and Transition cars were later rebuilt with riveted steel plate sheathing, "RG Steel plates". ("RG" = "rebuilt Gothic".) "Steel plates EL" is standard construction after early 1916. It is also riveted steel plate construction, but with a different rivet pattern than RG Steel plates.
Sheathing Rebuild Date: Date Gothic and Transition cars were rebuilt to RG Steel plate.
Paint: Original paint scheme plus repaintings. Post-W.W.II repaintings are typically listed by drawing number. These are shown in the Paint Text file.
Trucks: Original trucks plus any changes, with dates.
Brakes: Original brakes plus any changes, with dates. Number and size(s) of brake cylinders are shown. All Universal brake valve variations (UC, UCB, UCC, UCBC) are shown as "UC".
Steps: 3-tread or 4-tread, with LW cars additionally showing whether folding or pivoted. This information was added during the 1930’s, and may not reflect original equipment on the older cars.
AC: Type of air conditioning plus any changes. For PMB systems
(Pullman Mechanical with Brine Auxiliary Tank), "BTR" means
"brine tank removed", and "BTB" means "brine tank
bypassed". Dates for these changes are included. Steam Ejector (SE)
installations are identified by ATSF or MILW style. Where known,
AC Date: Date AC system installed. No date is shown for LW cars, where AC was original equipment, or for rebuilt cars where AC was installed prior to rebuilding.
Disposition: Rebuilt (to a different Plan number), Converted (to a
numbered Tourist car), Transferred (to NYC for scrapping), Sold, Withdrawn,
Wrecked or Destroyed (
Disposition 2: Fate of the car upon leaving
Disposition Date: Date car left
WFL Date: Date Withdrawn From Lease, for those cars sold to railroads
and leased back to
Additional Disposition Information:
Expands on car dispositions as needed. RTPL=Returned to Pullman lease;
Notes: Catch-all field for the explanation of anomalies and inconsistencies, or for recording special circumstances.
Dates associated with equipment or paint changes are, in most cases, the dates cars left the shop and returned to service, and are taken from CCRs and CSCs. The designator “DLU” next to a date indicates the date of the Descriptive List Update letter announcing the change. In these cases, the DLU letter is the only document noting the change. Such dates may be before, after, or even well after the actual change.
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