Reading "RDG" ?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by warren danzenba, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. warren danzenba

    warren danzenba New Member

    For a number of years, Reading freight rolling stock carried the three letters RDG, in addition to the Reading name. Although I have looked in Reading history books, I have not found an explanation for RDG. Note that this is not to be confused with RDC (Railroad diesel car) Does anyone have an explanation. It must be a simple answer....but it defies me!
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    RDG is the reporting mark for Reading - it's just Reading abbreviated.
  3. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Every railroad's rolling stock carries a "roadname" identifier. In most cases, it's either three or four letters long. This is often an abbreviation of the railroad's name, although it may mean something else as well. Private carriers (i.e., they don't have their own rails) always ends in an "X". Underneath or next to this "roadname" will be the "road number", allowing every individual railcar to be easily identified by refering to its road name and road number.

    RDG - Reading (like you said)
    BN - BUrlington Northern
    ATSF - Santa Fe
    MP - Missouri Pacific
    ROCK - Rock Island (also CRIP)
    MILW - Milwaukee Road
    ICG - Illinois Central Gulf

    They are also sometimes referred to as "reporting marks" - there are a number of websites on the internet that lists ALL of them (or a close approximation).
  4. warren danzenba

    warren danzenba New Member

    Now that you explain makes sense....many thanks for your prompt reply!

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