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Big_Jim
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ALCO "Code" Mystery
 
« on: Feb 20th, 2007, 11:50am »
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Here's a mystery for you.  
I just purchased an old ALCO pamphlet (48 pgs.) about Pacific type locomotives. There is some text, some plans, and a lot of pictures w/specs much like the N&W builders cards.
     
Here is the mystery. At the bottom of the first page it says; The Code Word for this Pamphlet is "CALLIGENIE".  
 
Also on each page with a loco picture it will say for example;
 
Pacific Type Passenger Locomotive
Built for the Missouri Pacific Railway
CODE WORD "AGARROCHO"
 
Each locomotive pictured will have a different 'code word'. Any ideas on what this is all about?


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CHESSIEMIKE
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Re: ALCO "Code" Mystery
 
« Reply #1 on: Feb 20th, 2007, 9:41pm »
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on Feb 20th, 2007, 11:50am, Big_Jim wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's a mystery for you.  
I just purchased an old ALCO pamphlet (48 pgs.) about Pacific type locomotives. There is some text, some plans, and a lot of pictures w/specs much like the N&W builders cards.
    
Here is the mystery. At the bottom of the first page it says; The Code Word for this Pamphlet is "CALLIGENIE".  
 
Also on each page with a loco picture it will say for example;
 
Pacific Type Passenger Locomotive
Built for the Missouri Pacific Railway
CODE WORD "AGARROCHO"
 
Each locomotive pictured will have a different 'code word'. Any ideas on what this is all about?
This info is still classified, ICTY,BIHTKY.  
CHESSIEMIKE


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Re: ALCO "Code" Mystery
 
« Reply #2 on: Feb 21st, 2007, 4:49am »
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Back in the halcyon days of yesteryear, few people had telephones, so industry relied on the telegraph.  Western Union charges were based on the number of words sent.  They used codewords to reduce the number of groups in the message.  Instead of listing wheel arrangements, wheel diameter, piston bore and stroke, etc.  the message would just read 'send one callegenie'.

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Re: ALCO "Code" Mystery
 
« Reply #3 on: Feb 25th, 2007, 10:26am »
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Big_Jim,
I hope you took my attempt at humor with at least a smile.    That being said, BillD53A may be on to something. I was looking through a copy of Glover Steam Locomotives by Hillman and found something similar, a letter from The Lodwick Lumber Co. Inc. to Glover about the purchase of a locomotive.  The letter references code words "Recod" and "Redon" from "Catolog C" as possible locomotives that they might want to buy. Hope this helps & welcome to the Forums BTW.  
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Big_Jim
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Re: ALCO "Code" Mystery
 
« Reply #4 on: Feb 26th, 2007, 9:02pm »
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I posed this question on several forums and the concensus is the 'cable' answer. Thanks to everyone for this look back into the past.
 
Mike, I never have been any good at working the "Cryptoqoute" in the newspaper.


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Dr. Richard Leonard
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 17th, 2007, 2:51pm »
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I'm late coming to this thread, but I have a 20-page Alco Pacific type bulletin from 1913 that I have had on my web site for a few years. It doesn't have any of these cable codes, that I know of. You can view it here:
 
http://www.railarchive.net/alcopacifics/index.html
 
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