> You need to re-read this thread - it is getting ridiculous. [SNIP]
> Dave Evans
Yes, it is, but I can boil it down far more succinctly.
Someone said the car totals were inaccurate, unreliable, etc.
Others pointed out that for MOST railroads, keeping the ORER "up to date"
(meaning, reasonably accurate within +/- three months) was something they
did. And yes, ALL of the data - 100% of it - published in an ORER is NOT
Primary Source Material. It comes from other sources. It is transcribed.
Therefore, bottom line, for modeling purposes, the car totals can be used
with a very small risk of building models for a time period in which the
prototype cars did not exist.