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My reply was really directed to Ike's post but I had not seen it,
only your reply...
Anyway I thought of an EXCELLENT reason why ALL railroads were very
in the exact number of freight cars they owned - Per
Diem! There had better be
an account of every single car's whereabouts at midnight every night and
were offline, the account had better be paid!
You have me there. I should have said, "if it wasn't important for
the number of cars in a series to be accurate, why was it tracked in the
ORER?" My response was in reply to George Eichelberger's post of
April 8, 2017. Apparently the Southern didn't care too much about the
accuracy of the listings of cars being taken out of service. The GN did,
dutifully counting down the numbers of GN truss rod cars, despite their
wholesale retirement in the postwar years.