Railroad Reporting Mark

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Railroad Reporting Mark
Posted by Plas on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:50 PM

I inherited a number of RR keys and one in particular I'm not familiar with it reads SCNR, can anyone out there help me by telling me what railroad it's from?

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Posted by CShaveRR on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:13 PM

Hi, Kevin, and welcome to the Forum!

I wish I could be of assistance, but I don't see that reporting mark at all on my list.  That doesn't necessarily mean anything except that the line didn't own any cars.  

Have you any idea how old this key might be?

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:18 PM

The first thing that I thought was the French railroad, but that's SCNF...

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:43 PM

Looking in my reprint of the June, 1892 Guide, I found the St. Clairsville and Northern, which ran 16 miles from St. Clairsville, O, to Belleair, O. Their passenger train made four round trips aday from Belleair and back, taking something over an hour each way.

It apparently became a part of the B&O.

Here is what I found in wikipedia: http://www.abandonedrails.com/Saint_Clairsville_and_Northern_Railway

Balt, can you give us a rundown on this?

 

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:45 PM

Carl, I could have added a question: How far back does your list go?

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:47 PM

Only thing today that would be even close would be Saratoga & North Creek, but that's too new....

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, January 12, 2018 6:58 AM

The initials on a switch key may not have to be a reporting mark but some other convenient shorthand.  Sacramento Northern is a possibility.

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 12, 2018 7:06 AM

CSSHEGEWISCH
The initials on a switch key may not have to be a reporting mark but some other convenient shorthand.  Sacramento Northern is a possibility.

"Scanner" comes to mind as well.  

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Friday, January 12, 2018 8:58 AM

Plas/ Kevin -

Where are you in the country?  What RRs are the other keys from?  Might be useful clues. 

EDIT: Could it be from an interurban or trolley line?  Possibly from an in-plant or 'captive' railroad, such as at a steel mill? 

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, January 12, 2018 4:42 PM

Johnny, my list goes back into the 1920s, anyway, probably from the time that the Official Railway Equipment Register began publishing the various reporting marks of railroads and private companies.  So it's normally a good source.

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Posted by Deggesty on Friday, January 12, 2018 4:47 PM

Thanks, Carl. 

Apparently the road that I mentioned, and its connection were absorbed by the B&O some time before the Equipment Register began to be published. My reference states that a stub of the road was abandoned by the B&O about 1946 (I do not remember the exact date).

Johnny

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