Re: Accuracy Of The Official Railway Equipment Registers
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
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There certainly were errors, which is understandable given the complexity of the document and that it was issued quarterly (was it monthly in the early days?). The correctness also depends on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by the railroads themselves. I was surprised at the paucity of information the Pacific Great Eastern provided, as noted in recent discussions here.
Also, some railroads listed their cabooses and other non-revenue cars, though most did not. Handy information if you model that particular railroad. Even in my October 1958 ORER, Clinchfield, Norfolk & Western and some others included lists and car numbers of work equipment. Other lines noted their passenger equipment.
The listing dates for some railroads, particularly shortlines, were often way earlier than an ORER's issue date. If there were no changes to report, then they may not have been required to send in an update, or perhaps just ignored such a bothersome requirement.
Once or twice I considered making an ORER page for my model railroad, not as a hoax, but as sort of a document for my vision of the whole line and all its non-modeled rolling stock. This could be fun.
Nothing wrong with Unverwood 5s. I learned typing on one in high school, and owned a used Underwood 5 all the way through college.
Garth Groff 🦆