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I agree with Dennis, it's a very old system. Central Pacific did this in the 19th century.
On Nov 22, 2017, at 11:19 AM, destorzek@...
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Tagging onto Lester's question and showing my ignorance: Why did some RR's number their cars w/even numbers only?
It was an old system... C&NW did also. In the case of the Soo, boxcars had even numbers, open top cars had odd. It has been suggested that it cut down on clerical errors; the Soo was running two distinct businesses, at least in the Twin Ports area, iron ore and grain, both headed to the lake, and if an even number showed up on a list of the ore yard, something was definitely wrong. The Soo ended the practice sometime after WWII, with subsequent car orders using all numbers.