> I may be wrong but I believe a train designated "Q-____" means a mixed
> manifest, "K-____" means a train of one commodity (the Juice Train),
> "N-____" I have no idea, and so on. Can anyone give me a list? Email
The C&NW system was usually 5 letters - first two where train started,
second two where train ended and last indicated type of train.
PRCBA = Proviso to Council Bluffs manifest
CBPRA = Council Bluffs to Proviso manifest
(crews called them both the train from hell)
BTPPC = Black Thunder (mine) to Pleasant Prairie (power plant) coal
PPBTX = return of empty hoppers
I do not remember all the train type ID's, but P=potash, U=unit,
Way freights had a different system, usually three letters and two
numbers. First letter was a W (for way freight) and next two were
terminal ID. The numbers were id at the terminal (in case there were
more than one wat frt at terminal - numbers did not begin at on).
Example: WEG54 was at Eagle Grove, WVP26, WVP32 and WVP42 would all be
at Valley Park.
Yard jobs had a simular system, except the begin with Y. Example -
YIT02, YIT04 and YIT06 all would be at Itasca.
Business trains had a system where with 5 letters - ZZ and initials of
"VIP" on train. ZZJAZ = James A Zito's business cars.
"The primary difference is the 'descriptive designation' or 'train type'
will now be the first letter of the five characters, not the last letter.
Characters two and three will be the origin code and characters four and
five will be the destination code. Some trains will carry a sixth
character, telling of special conditions or the date it originated."
A - AUTOMOTIVE
C - COAL
F - FOREIGN LINE TRAINS
G - GRAIN
I - INTERMODAL
L - LOCAL
M - MANIFEST
O - OTHER BULK - UNIT TRAINS
P - PASSENGER
S - SPECIALS
W - MoW, WORK, RAIL, LIGHT ENGINES
Y - YARD
Z - UPS, EXPEDITED INTERMODAL (UPS/3rd AM SERVICE)
SPECIAL CONDITION CODES:
L/E - LOAD/EMPTY
Z/K/N/Q - INTERMODAL CODES
I - INTERLINE (RUN-THROUGH)
B/C/D/E - MULTIPLE SYMBOL SECTIONS
P - PERISHABLES
X - EXTRA UNSCHEDULED
I have a file of UP codes which includes type, origination, destination, and
special info. If you'd like a copy, let me know. It's a 24k file.
Patrick A. Ward
"The BN Guy"
San Antonio, TX
On that note, I would love to get my hands on a listing for each......... If
anybody has them, I would appreciate a copy.
3. Real trains?
6. real trains