The Big White Rectangle

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Sat Sep 16 22:01:25 EDT 2006

At 09:38 AM 9/16/06, you wrote:

>A couple of years ago, while working at the archives, I came across a

>stenciling diagram of an early gondola with the white rectangle; the

>notation was that it was to be applied on cars equipped with air

>brakes. I made a copy of the diagram and gave it to Westerfield. As I

>recall, the diagram also contained stenciling for "Air Brake Equipped" but

>I didn't keep a copy of it for myself.

Aha! The "Air Brake" stenciling was part of an MCB recommendation of 1896
that also called out MCB couplers and draft gear type. It would seem that
the HD was the first N&W car to have air brakes and MCB couplers, hence the
stenciling and rectangle.

David Thompson

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