I’ve mentioned these scribblers of car notes before and thought I’d scan one in as a sample to share on here. This is a scan of the last page of my scribbler and includes notes from May 9 and 10, 1973. I don’t know the story behind these scribblers but always assumed they were written by switchman (conductors?) while the cars were being placed. Note that these are only reefers and the page includes notes about temperatures, etc. What I find so fascinating is that these scribblers show car movements on particular days. I am planning a database to capture these car movements in the same level of detail. When done I am hoping this will help to populate a picture that illustrates what cars were common on PEI – we all know that during the potato harvest CN would lease very large numbers of refrigerator cars from American leasing companies (e.g. NRC, ART, MDT, etc.) but this also would illustrate the proportion. I’m also excited to find the anomolies in this mix. I’ve seen CN express reefers in these books and wonder what else is waiting inside.
Not only do these pages show how many cars were switched into what specific sidings but we also see what cars arrived and left on what trains. This page shows an entry for train 702. It should be possible to trace a car, for example:
- a car that arrives on the 701
- car is switched to a known, based on the scribbler, location
- how long it takes to load
- where it goes next
- when it leaves on which 702
Should be interseting. Once all the scribblers have been entered I will also be entering the Perishable Protective Records as well to extend the reach of the model for roster information. I’ll bring in car numbers from photographs too. The end product should be a great cross section across the Island’s freight railroad operations.