Talk:Railroad nicknames

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I hope that this is a worthy article that others can contribute to. GBC 01:04, 9 August 2005 (UTC)

How encyclopedic is this article?[edit]

On a personal level, I like this article. I've heard some of these since I was a kid (had relatives who worked for the railroad) and find some of the new ones humorous. But is this trivia or encyclopedic content? Just asking, not trying to start a war.Davemeistermoab 04:31, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Considering that one of the references that I found today dates back to 1890 (a New York Times article quoting Chauncey Depew), and the fact that in many cases, the nicknames became the official names for the railroads (i.e. Monon Railroad, Frisco Railroad, Big Four Railroad), I would say that this information is encyclopedic. Any further assistance in referencing the information would be greatly appreciated. Slambo (Speak) 18:33, 5 June 2008 (UTC)


I've gone through and found references for a little more than half of the nicknames listed. In about a week's time, I intend to move the unreferenced nicknames to a holding area much the same way as is now done on the Glossary of North American railroad terminology and associated pages. As references are found for nicknames, they can then be re-added to the article. So, if anyone else has references for those that are as yet unreferenced, add them now, please. Slambo (Speak) 18:47, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Roughly half of the nicknames in this article are still unreferenced... are you still planning on moving them to a holding area at some point? I'd be happy to help with this. –BMRR (talk) 21:20, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
Boy, it's been a while since I've worked on this one. With so many other projects in my work list, I lost track of this task. I don't know how much time I will be able to devote to further verification and referencing for this page, so if you want to do the next steps, by all means do them. Slambo (Speak) 11:03, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
All of the entries now have references/sources. –BMRR (talk) 01:23, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Note to other editors: new entries that don't include sources (and for which I can't find sources via a Google search) will most likely be reverted. Please include a reliable source with any entries you add. Thanks, BMRR (talk) 18:37, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

Global scope?[edit]

At present, all the entries are from North America. I don't have a problem with that, but the article lead does not define that this is its scope. Should we limit its scope like this and have a separate article for the UK and other countries (and then we can call it "Railway nicknames" :o) ) rather than having them intermingled, or else divide up the page by country and have them all here(which is equally OK)?

(Before you ask, the Great Western Railway article has two referenced nicknames which could be added here, and it used to have several (as yet) unref'd others too.)

Just a thought in passing...

(PS - This page isn't linked from most of the railway pages on my watchlist, so I haven't been here before... ...should it be be linked from all the rail terminology pages? (hence growing potential for a Rail Terminology Navibox...? We're up to 6 articles now.) )

EdJogg (talk) 07:15, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Referencing, again[edit]

I found a dead lead on the Copper Valley and Western Railroad nickname, and assume all the links are dead. Here's the active link if anyone's clever enough and interested enough to change it. Yopienso (talk) 21:29, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

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