Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Railway Accounting Codes Revisited


Thanks to the new job I took in the fall of 2014, I now work about a mile from one of the best, most complete libraries in the world.  I learned about the Accounting Codes from Tony Thompson’s blog back in 2012 http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2012/08/railway-accounting-code-numbers.html.  Tony linked a PDF of the 1950 codes which I downloaded and cross referenced with the 1922 version I found on Google Books to come up with my best guess as to what was in effect during my modeling era of 1944 I previously wrote about them in 2014 http://northbaylines.blogspot.com/2014/01/interline-codes-what-are-they-and-where.html and posted a spreadsheet of those results linked in that post.

Recently, I obtained a 1949 edition of the Railway Accounting Rules and discovered the richness of the additional information in these volumes.  Seeing the changes of the Code list from 1949 to 1950 set me on a path to see if I couldn’t get my guestimated 1944 list validated or replaced with something more accurate.  Al Daumann was kind enough to send me copies of the waybill form from his 1946 edition, which was subtly different than those of my 49 edition.  That got me even more interested in finding the exact “right” stuff.  Google Books turned up a 1921 version which I downloaded and Hathi Trust had darned good search only coverage for my year of interest.  I was about to make an interlibrary loan request when I remembered that great institution up the Hill from work.  Capitol Hill that is.  Doing an online search of the Library of Congress told me that they just might have what I was looking for.  Detouring through the Jefferson Building on my way to Union Station (I ride the MARC into the city) I was able to request the 1940 through 48 editions and set up my card for online requests.  The reference librarian cautioned me that all of them might not be available, but ask for what I wanted.  When I went back two days later to view them two days later, waiting for me were the 1941, 42, 43, 44,45, 46, 47, and 48 editions.  All in pristine condition with tight spines and no wear. 



I came prepared with my DAD (Digital Acquisition Device, aka Canon 30D DSLR) and proceeded to photograph the Code Pages of several copies before the reading room closed and I had to catch my train.  I repeated with additional additions the next week, then discovered the book scanner.  I now have good quality PDFs of the Code listings and the Waybill forms by year.  More on the forms in a later post.

Well how did I do on the interpolation?  There were 705 Codes effective 1 Nov 1944 of which I got 497 correct.  I had 18 that had errors, 10 incorrect names and 8 wrong code numbers.  Three of those were kind of important for my RR C&O, SP, and Bamberger had differences in the Name and would have thus had incorrect waybill headers.  I included 11 that didn’t come until later, including the Oakland Terminal where some of my traffic originates.  And I missed 192 railroads with codes, the most important ones to my layout were the Alton, Yosemite, and Virginia & Truckee. 
I have entered the data into Excel and the correct 1944 Accounting Codes can be found at:
If you are interested in the codes for additional years between 1936 and 1950, let me know and I may be able to provide additional lists.

John Barry
Lovettsville, VA

NorthBayLines@att.net


Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday 24 November 1944


Twentieth AF XXI bomber command flies its first mission against Japan from the Marianas with 111 B-29s.


The following tank cars loaded with Cumene arrive at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
UTLX
73026
UTLX
73871
UTLX
74111

The following tank cars loaded with Gasoline arrive at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
UTLX
28700
UTLX
36323
UTLX
71080

SP returns the following empties to ATSF
UTLX
17225
LC GASOLINE
UTLX
32501
LC GASOLINE
UTLX
38293
LC GASOLINE
UTLX
38460
LC GASOLINE
UTLX
38644
LC GASOLINE
UTLX
78047
LC GASOLINE
UTLX
7286
LC CUMENE
UTLX
22086
LC CUMENE
UTLX
77291
LC CUMENE

  

John Barry
North Bay Lines
Golden Gates and Fast Freights
Lovettsville, VA 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday 23 November 1944


81 Fifteenth AF B-24s strike bridges at Zenica Brod and Doboj.  13 heavy bombers drop supplies at points in Yugoslavia.

US 7th army under General Patch conquers Straasburg

SP returns the following empty to ATSF
OELX
3004
LC CUMENE

 Happy Thanksgiving

John Barry
North Bay Lines
Golden Gates and Fast Freights
Lovettsville, VA 

Wednesday 22 November 1944



205 Fifteenth AF heavy bombers strike marshalling yards at Munich while 214 strike alternates due to heavy weather.

The following tank car loaded with Cumene arrives at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
RPX
3502

The following tank cars loaded with Gasoline arrive at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
UTLX
37805
UTLX
75850
UTLX
77653

SP returns the following empties to ATSF

UTLX
77379
LC CUMENE
WEOX
238
LC CUMENE
UTLX
6996
LC CUMENE
UTLX
17396
LC CUMENE
UTLX
30449
LC CUMENE
UTLX
32577
LC CUMENE
UTLX
35652
LC CUMENE
UTLX
43900
LC CUMENE

Tuesday 21 November 1944


1100 Eighth AF heavy bombers strike synthetic oil plant at Merseburg/Leuna and 2 oil refineries at Hamburg.

The following tank cars loaded with Cumene arrive at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
OELX
3004
UTLX
7286
UTLX
22086
UTLX
77291

The following tank cars loaded with Gasoline arrive at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
UTLX
17225
UTLX
32501
UTLX
38293
UTLX
38460
UTLX
38644
UTLX
78047

The following tank car loaded with Ethyl Motor Fuel additive arrives at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe from North Baton Rouge LA for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
EBAX
623

SP returns the following empties to ATSF
UTLX
48627 LC Cumene


John Barry
North Bay Lines
Golden Gates and Fast Freights
Lovettsville, VA 

Monday, 20 November 1944

1st Japanese Kaiten suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)

The following tank cars loaded with Cumene arrive at Port Chicago on the Santa Fe for interchange to the SP and the Tidewater refinery at Avon, CA
UTLX
48627
UTLX
77379
WEOX
238
UTLX
6996
UTLX
17396
UTLX
30449
UTLX
32577
UTLX
35652
UTLX
43900
John Barry
North Bay Lines
Golden Gates and Fast Freights
Lovettsville, VA

1948 San Francisco Industries Map



Pete Hall won a copy of the 1948 SP San Francisco Industry Map several months ago.  He was gracious to share reproductions of his win and I picked up my copy from him at the Chicagoland RPM in October.  Here is an image of a small portion of the map that contains ATSF’s China Basin:



You can contact Pete directly at petehall6369@gmail.com to purchase a copy for your personal use.  I highly recommend doing so if you model California in the transition era. 

I have also created an Excel version of the Index from the map.  Here’s a portion of that:
INDEX
INDUSTRY
RAILROAD
47
SP
48
SP
49
J. A. ROEBLING CO.
SP-ATSF
50
FAY IMPROVEMENT CO.
SP-ATSF
50A
BRAUN-KNECHT-HEIMANN CO.
SP-ATSF
51
LOWRIE PAVING CO. INC.
SP-ATSF
51
DUNHAM, CARRIGAN & HAYDEN
SP-ATSF
52
WALIN-DAVIT BOAT CORP.
SP
53
SP-ATSF
54
J. BREUNER CO.
SP-ATSF
54
METAL PRODUCTS FABRICATION CO.
SP-ATSF
54
GIBRALTAR WAREHOUSE
SP-ATSF
54
AMERICAN RED CROSS
SP-ATSF
54
BUTLER BROS.
SP-ATSF
54
SF. WAREHOUSE CO.
SP-ATSF
54
U.S. PLYWOOD
SP-ATSF
55
SP-ATSF

You can download a copy of the Excel version from Google Docs at:


This Thanksgiving I am grateful to Pete and all the others who freely share their knowledge and reference materials.  I hope this gives you something to be grateful for as well.

Happy Thanksgiving

John Barry
23 November 2017
North Bay Lines
Golden Gates and Fast Freights

Lovettsville, VA