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UP train symbols

Discussion in 'Union Pacific Railroad' started by CPRailfan, Oct 23, 2000.

  1. CPRailfan

    CPRailfan TrainBoard Member

    I have a list of alpha codes for UP, and I have a question. There's this train that comes through Butler, WI every Sunday with the symbol "PRITA". On my list, the "PR" stands for "Proviso", but I'm not sure where to go from there. Is the train from Proviso(PR) to Itasca, Wi(IT), or is it something else? If it is, what does the "A" stand for? Could someone help me learn how to read these train symbols. Thanks!

    P.S. If you see a train, is there any way you can tell what the symbol of that train is?

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  2. Kevin Stevens

    Kevin Stevens TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Based on what I have read about UP train symbols, the letters you gave don't match up. UP train symbols are as follows: First letter is the train type (A=Automotive, C=Coal, etc...), next two letters is the originating terminal code and the last two letters are the destination terminal code.

    Is it possible that the symbol would be APRIT, which would be the Proviso-Itasca Automotive train? The only other possibility I could think of is: IPRTA (Proviso to Tacoma would probably not go through Milw).

    As for seeing a train and knowing the symbol, you would probably need to hear the train referred to by its symbol on the radio. Another way is to be observant about the type and regular makeup of the train (an easy one on the Pacific Coast is UP's RoadRailer, which is symbolled IBRCI/ICIBR)

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  3. CPRailfan

    CPRailfan TrainBoard Member

    Thanks Kevin. This train can't be called "PRITA", because "TA" would stand for either Tacoma, WA or Taylor, TX, which are both incorrect becuase this train is always headed to Duluth, MN. I know It consists mostly of grain hoppers, so it would satrt with either
    GD(grain dedicated)
    GO(grain orphan)
    what does orphan and dedicated mean?

    Next it would be PR for proviso,
    but then there's no symbol for Duluth, MN, or nearby Superior, WI.
    Wow, this is tough!


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  4. Harron

    Harron TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    This symbol is a holdover from the CNW. It is Proviso-Itasca. PR - Proviso, IT - Itasca, A - General Merchandise. Wouldn't be surprised if this train has been/will be re-named to M PRIT. How old is your list, and can you e-mail me a copy?

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    Corey Lynch
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    NEB&W RR http://www.rpi.edu/~lynchc/Railfanning/railfanning.htm - My Site http://www.union.rpi.edu/railroad/ - NEB&W

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  5. CPRailfan

    CPRailfan TrainBoard Member

    thanks for the info. I emailed you and gave the internet address where i found the train symbols. I think they're up to date.

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  6. rsovitzky

    rsovitzky New Member

    Wow! So I am posting 8 years later...

    I, too, am interested in UP's symbols around Butler WI. Anybody have a current list?
     
  7. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

  8. rsovitzky

    rsovitzky New Member

    Flash - excellent. Thanks a bunch...
     

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