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Re: PC: CSX vs. CSXT

Some equipment lettering does not show the actual reporting marks of the
road. Ampersands are not part of the reporting mark, even if the railroad
marks its equipment in that way. 

The most common example of what appears to be a reporting mark is CSX
lettering its locomotives as CSX instead of CSXT. 

CSS&SB's mark is CSS. Some roads that orignally used an ampersand (M&STL)
later dropped it as the system was standardized (MSTL). NYO&W used OW.
CMStP&P used MILW. CRI&P used RI, and later ROCK.

I'll need to do a little more research on CNOTP. I'm not sure what is
actually used as a reporting mark for this road. I remember once seeing
CNTP. It is possible, because of the lease status, that the CNOTP is a
paper railroad that does not have equipment actually wearing a CNOTP
reporting mark, even though equipment may carry the road's initials for
various legal reasons.

In the current system, reporting marks are two to four letters without
ampersands, with an X at the end denoting a non-railroad owner. The
ampersand is still used in painting equipment on some railroads, but it
is not part of the reporting mark. I assume that the current system was
instituted before the end of 1961 because Rutland (which ceased operating
in 1961) was often noted as being an exception to the rule by having a
single letter (R) as a reporting mark.

Bryan Turner

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On Mon, 15 Mar 1999 21:51:43 -0500 "NEW HAVEN U25B"
<ERIE-LACKAWANNA -AT- prodigy.net> writes:
>Not all reporting marks are 4 letters long. Some are longer like 
>CRI&P, CM&StP, CSS&SB and more
>-----Original Message-----
>From: <kurtrain -AT- erols.com>
>To: <penn-central -AT- smellycat.com>
>Date: Monday, March 15, 1999 9:33 PM
>Subject: Re: PC: CSX vs. CSXT
>>> CSX is not a reporting mark, although it is the name of the 
>>> Their reporting mark is CSXT.
>>According to the interchange rules, a railroad's reporting marks can 
>>anything it wants, up to 4 characters but it can't end in "X." Any 
>>railroad company that has cars in interchange service must have a
>>reporting mark that ends in "X."
>>CSX couldn't use just CSX as a reporting mark, since they are a
>>railroad. Hence the "T" was added to the end, with the lame excuse 
>>it stood for Transportation. (Bah Humbug).
>>Kurt Thompson

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