Big white rectangle

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Sun Sep 17 21:35:46 EDT 2006

> Aha! The "Air Brake" stenciling was part of an MCB recommendation of


>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

Think that was more coincidence... Dow's book goes on to state that all N&W
cars had air brakes by 1909, and the big white rectangle denoting dedicated
service was still used till ~1920.

Robb Fisher

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