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« on: Jan 5th, 2017, 12:48pm »
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Hi there! My name is Laurel. I'm a vintage photograph collector and admittedly I know nothing about railfan/trainspotting.
 I recently bought a couple hundred photos of train and I'm wondering if you could help me decode the notes/markings on them. Their significance is a mystery to me! Also any information about the type of trains and why someone might be interested in them.  
Also, if you know anything about William A Raia or Harold Peterson that would be very helpful, too!  
Thanks! - Laurel

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MILW 82080 denotes it as  a car belonging to the Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad) and it's car number is 82080. 82000-82734 is the number series the car belonged to.  
Here' what my October 1975 Official Railway Equipment Register says about this car series:
Association of American Railroads (AAR) Mechanical Designation: GH (GH is defined as "Open top car, having fixed sides, drop ends and drop bottom, consisting of doors hinged at center sills to dump outside of rails).
Gondola, wood floor, 6 drop doors, end doors with width:8' 2", Height: 4' 6"
AAR Car type code:  G162 (A G162 car type code denotes "an unequipped gondola less than 48' in length and having sides over 36" in height).
Car number series (In October 1975, many were gone by then) 82000-82732
Inside car length: 41' 6"
Inside car width: 9' 6"
Inside car height: 5'
Outside length: 46' 9"
Outside width at eaves or top of sides or platform 10' 8"
Outside extreme width: 10' 8"
Height from rail to extreme width: 8' 8"
Height from rail at eaves or top of sides or platform: 8' 8"
Height from rail to extreme height: 8' 8"
Capacity in cubic feet: 1990
Capacity in pounds: 110,000
Number of cars in this series still existing (in October 1975): 8
By comparing this data to your photo, this should help you figure out some of the stuff in your other photos as well.  
Todd K Stearns

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