THE SONG SHEET AND THE RAILROAD CAR

Most people will agree with me when I say: In order for the members of a choir to make music, they all must sing from the same song sheet. For me, building a railroad car is a lot like making music. Both require designers for instance. In Music they are called composers and arrangers; in Car Building they are called engineers and draftsmen. Both require skilled artists. They are directors, players of instruments, and singers in the first instance and foremen, craftsmen, and workmen in the second. Both require documents to give the guidance necessary to bring the designer’s vision into reality. These are called scores,arrangements, if you will permit me, songsheets by musicians and plans and specifications by car builders. The image above is the car builders “song sheet”. It is the General Arrangement Drawing for the car manufactured by the Haskell & Barker Car Co. in the year 1904 – “the song sheet”. The car depicted above is a wooden car with Iron fittings. It is a non-revenue work car used by the railroad owner to transport and distribute ballast in the maintenance and repair of the roadway. A mundane car indeed, but one with a beautiful beginning.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.

Posted on April 1, 2012, in UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD HISTORY IN DRAWINGS, UNUSUAL DRAWINGS IN THE UPRR DRAWING COLLECTION and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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