Re: Accuracy Of The Official Railway Equipment Registers


Larry Goolsby
 

ACL bought several thousand new 53', 50-ton pulpwood rack cars in the 1950-53 period from Bethlehem and P-S (the "Old Rivets" of freight cars - studded with what looked like thousands of rivets on all surfaces). ACL also "rebuilt some old flat cars" using what was probably the "use one old piece" approach cited above, using "kits" of components to construct 100 more pulpwood cars in the company shops identical to those coming from the car builders - but these were stenciled as built in 1916. According to the retired employee who told me this story, it was done for favorable tax treatment. 

Larry Goolsby 

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