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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-05 05:00
Subject: [photos] Your Friday moment of zen
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Your Friday moment of zen.


One of the 6' drivers of locomotive X4449. © 2006, 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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Kevin Standlee: Wig Wag
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-11-05 17:32 (UTC)
Subject: Warning: Train Geek Crossing
Keyword:Wig Wag
Thanks! Train neepery: the X on SP 4449's number board isn't actually the locomotive's number. It's a throwback to the days when Southern Pacific practice was for the lead locomotive to display the train schedule number. If the train was not on the timetable, it was an "extra," and was called by its locomotive number, so this would be (for example), "Extra 4449."

You don't see this happen much anymore because the freight railroads don't use the "timetable and train order" system, so technically all of their trains are "extras." Commuter trains in the Bay Area continued the practice for many years and even today the trains still display their timetable number on the sides of the locomotive.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-11-05 17:53 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Warning: Train Geek Crossing
Thank you! I'd assumed the "X" was a "not in regular/licensed service" designation, somewhat analogous to the "X" designation for experimental aircraft.
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