Some time back, Tom Stolte, of Oddballs Decals, posted a request on the misc.transport.rail.americas NewsList asking about some of the (often irreverent) nicknames that employees and/or patrons of the many U.S. railroads applied to their local carriers. On June 2nd, 1997, Tom posted the list that had been submitted. I found it amusing and interesting, and provide it here, formatted for your reading enjoyment.
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 1997 11:49:04 -0500 From: Tom Stolte
Newsgroups: misc.transport.rail.americas Subject: Railroad Nicknames in Order ACR = Agony Central Amtrak = Amcrash Amtrak = Amtrash ATSF = Annoying, Tempermental and Stupid Fans ATSF = Argenta and Toad Suck Ferry ATSF = All Tonnage and Slow Freight ATSF = Assholes, Thieves, and Stupid F***ers ATSF = Ate Tamales & Spit Fire ATSF = All Tramps Ride Free AT&SF = Always Trying, Still F***ed B&M = Broken and missing B&M = (Guilford) - Banks & Money B&M = Broken & mangled BM = Busted & Maimed BN = Bankrupt Northern BN = Big Northern BN = Booze & Narcotics BN = Big Nothing B&O = Bad Order B&O = Best & Only BNSF = Bob's New Santa Fe BNSF = Burlington Nothing and Sh** Faced BNSF = Bigger Now, Same F***ing Railroad BNSF = Buy Now Sell Fast BNSF = Brand New Same F***ing Railroad BNSF = Buy Now, Sell Forever BNSF = Better Not Ship Freight BNSF = Better Not Slip or Fall BNSF = Bigger Now Still F***ed BNSF = Big Nuts Shrivel and Fall BNSF = Buy Norfolk Southern Fast BNSF = Bigger Nothing, Still F***ed BPS&D = Broken Pieces Strewn & Dropped BPS&D = Bent Potted, Shitfaced & Decrepid BPS&D = Big Pieces of Steam & Dieselized!!! BS = Bull S*** BWT&S = Bobble, Wobble, Turnover & Stop. C&NW = Cheap & No Wages C&NW = Can't and Never Will C&NW = Cardboard & No Wheels C&NW = Coal and No Water C&NW = Can Not Win (against the Omaha onslaught) C&NW = Cheep & Nothing Wasted C&NW = Can't and Never Will C&O = Cheapskate & Oreo C&S = Crooked and Slow C&W = Crooked & Weedy (Chesapeake & Western) CGW = Chicago and Great Wheaties CGW = Can't Get Worse CGW = Chicago Great Weedy CGW = Can't Go West CGW = Can Grow Weeds CI&L = Crazy Idiots & Lunatics CMStP&P = Crushed, Mauled,STampeded, Pushed and Pulled CN = Currently Negotiating CN = Chicken Noodle CN = Cost Nothing CN = Certainly No Rush CN = Crash National CO&P = Clowns On Railroad Property (Central Oregon & Pacific) CP = Canuk Pacific CP Rail = Cheapee Ragamuffins on Rail Conrail = Con job CR = Clown Rail CR = Congressional Rip-off CR = Currently Retired CR = Can't Run CR = Corn Rail CR = The Coolest Railroad CR = Crappy Rap CRI&P = Corroded, Rusty, Indigent and Pathetic CRI&P = The Cry 'n' Pee CSX = Chicken S*** Xpress CSX = Chemical Spill Xperts CSX = Can't Stop Xeroxing CSX = Consensual SeX CSX = Conrail Screwed Xtremely CTA = Catastrophies, Tragedies, Accidents CTA = Chicago's Taken Again (The bus line in Chicago) D&RGW = Dangerous & Rapidly Getting Worse D&H = Desparate & Hungry D&H = Delay and Hesitate DB = Diggin' Buggers (German RR) DL&W = Delay, Linger, & Wait DM&IR = Damn Miserable & IrRate DSS&A = Damn Slow Service and Abuse (Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic - Soo Line Predecessor) DT&I = Damned Tired, & Incompetent EJ&E = Egypt, Jerusalem, and Elsewhere EL = Erie Lack of Money EL = Ever Late EMD = Every Model Different FEC = For Elderly Citizens GB&W = Grab your Baggage & Walk (Green Bay & Western) GE = Generally Elegant Guilford = Goofy GN = Going Nowhere GT = Gone Too GTW = Great HE&WT = Hell Either Way you Take it HT&W = Hoot Toot & Whistle (Hoosic Tunnel & Wilmington - MA&VT) IC = Ignorant Corporation ICG = "I Can't Go." JR = Junk Rail (Japanese RR co) JW&NW = "Jesus Wept and No Wonder" (Jamestown, Westfield & North Western) KCS = Kome C Small L&PS = Late & Poor Service (London & Port Stanley) LE&W = Leave Early & Walk LK&W = Look, Kuss, & Wait L,O&S = Little, Old & Slow LV = Like Vomit Maryland, Delaware & Virginia Railroad = Many Dirty Visits Maryland & Delaware = "The Muddy & Dirty" M&StL = Movin' & Still Losin' Macon, Dublin and Savannah = Mud, Dirt and Sand MC = More crap (Mass Central) METRA = Many Evening Trains Running Around MK&T = Many Killed & Totched MN = More (of) Nothing (metro North) MP = Mostly Pus*ies (mo pac) MP = Miserly & Parsimonious MP = Morons Prevail (as in the Borg from Omaha) MRL = Make a right/Left??!! NASA = Need Another Seven Astronauts (yes they do have a railroad at Kennedy) NJT = No Junky Trains (New Jersey Transit) NJT = Need Janitors Touch NJT = Not Just Trains NKP = Nearly Kompletely Perfect NS = No Show NS = Nazi Squad NS = Not Smart NS = No Steam :-( NW = No F***ing Women N&W = Nights & Weekends NYO&W = Not Yet Old & Weary NYO&W = Now Young Out & working NYO&W = No Young Overweight Women NYO&W or the O&W = The Old Woman NYS&W = Now You Sit and Wait PC = Perfect Chaos PC = Permenatly Currupt PC = Pile [of] Crap PGE = Please Go Easy or Prince George Eventually (Pacific Great Eastern) P&W = Pathetic & Wobbly PRR = Pussie Rail Road QA&P = Quit Arguing and Push RI = Rusty Iron SEPTA = Society for Eliminating Public Transit Altogether SF = Suffering Fools SF = Sani Flush SOO RR = Silly Old Ordinary RR SPSF = Shouldn't Paint So Fast SP = Stupid Police SP = Sh***y Property SP = Surrendered Peacefully (need I say more?) SP = Stupid Pussies SP = Sufferin Pacific SP = Stand Proud SP = Suffering Painfully SP = Sorry and Pathetic SS = Sh**ty Stuff (Seaboard System) T&P = Time and Patience TH&B = "To Hell and Back" TH&B = Thump, Hump, & Bump TP&W = Tired, Poor and Weary UP = Unlimited Power UP = Unstopable Power UP = Ugly Power!!! UP = Uncle Pete UP = Unlimited Parking (This is from an employee) UP = Utterly Putrid UP = Uncle Pete UP = Un Painted WATCO = Wild Ass Train COmpany WBT&S = Wobbly Bobbly Turnover and Stop (Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine) WC = We're Cheap WC = Whiskey Central WICT = Wicket WW&F = Weak, Weary & Feeble (Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington - 2 foot gauge in ME) WM = Wild Mary WP = Wobbly Pathetic WP = Wayside Property WP = Wasted Property WP = Weed Producers WSOR = Wobbly Slow Old and Rusty YD = Yellow Dog (Yazoo Delta) Written in the cab of a locomotive that I was riding, I read the following: Uphill slow, Downhill fast. Tonnage first, Safety Last. Duane Cooke Tom Stolte Oddballs Decals 26550 227th Street McLouth, Kansas 66054 firstname.lastname@example.org
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