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BN SW1200 609flagWichita Falls TX Wichita Falls

BN (FW&D) 609 switches the yard.

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©  Jun 11, 1977


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Scanned with a LS-8000

BN (FW&D) 609 switches the yard.



Wow, what a strange colour frame close to number 😯
The colored frame was an ACI label, for Automatic Car Identification, sort of like today's bar codes, only in color, too. It was a system to make interchanged rail equipment more quickly and reliably tracked, but eventually failed because the labels would get dirty or otherwise damaged in service. Scanning equipment was placed along the tracks, usually in yards, and also helped to eliminate jobs, the by-check clerks who would visually examine each car on an incoming train and record its reporting marks. The resulting list would then be compared with the computer printouts for the train to find any discrepancies. The ACI label was ultimately replaced by magnetic tags, which are unaffected by weather and dirt.
@Maersk.146 Interesting info
@Maersk.146 Wow, thanks for info! It's very interesting! 🐸
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