After a railroad merges with or purchases another railroad, the reporting mark and number of each engine is updated to that of the new or purchasing railroad. Recently I have come across some freight cars with new logos but old reporting marks. That, and being able to still find freight cars with old paint schemes, indicates that freight cars are normally not renumbered.
After a merger, the new reporting mark and number are quickly painted over the old designation on all of the engines. This is a "patched" paint scheme. The following locomotives were switching some cars near the crossing of Sante Fe Drive over an industrial spur of the BNSF transcon route. On the lead unit, note the green paint that was used under the cab to paint over the BN info and the BNSF letters that were added. Since the 2920 on the rear is over the original green, the BNSF numbers for these GP39-2R locomotives are the same as they had in the BN plan. This locomotive is probably now too old to justify the expense of a new BNSF paint scheme. But most locomotives eventually get repainted after a merger. 2295 is an old GP38, and it has been repainted in the first BNSF paint scheme -- Heritage 1.
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A couple of Union Pacific logo hoppers with a Chicago and Northwestern reporting mark and number.
But in a second southbound CSXT/C&EI train in Evansville, I noticed a car that had been renumbered and patched.
I searched my previous postings for "fallen flag" cars and added the label rrFallen to them. Of the 14 fallen flags I found, the following railroads were represented BN (BNSF), Wisconsin Central (was CP), NW (NS), CNW (UP), SSW (UP) and IC (CN). And we have the above example of SOO (CP). So it seems that CSXT is the only one of the 6 major Class 1 railroads that renumbered its freight cars.
The following was patched. But that is because it is no longer owned by a common carrier as indicated by the X at the end of the GAMX reporting mark. In this case the car is now owned by Arrendadora Nacional De Carros De Ferrocari
|Photo by Joseph Giunto.|
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Erie Lackawanna hopper now owned by CSX for mow purposes. The NYC(New York Central)reporting mark is used by CSX for rolling stock ownership