Re: Computerized Freightcar Inventory Database Programs


Andy, I would be interested is seeing what you are doing. I use Excel everyday at work and at home as well, for vehicle maint records. I am curious of how you are applying the program. Thanks, Steve Fuchs

Andy Miller <asmiller@...> wrote:I can add my name to the growing list of people who use Excel for their
rolling stock data base. I maintain three Excel spreadsheets; one for
freight cars, one for passenger cars and one for motive power.

The Freight Car data base has a separate "sheet" with the labeled bottom tab
for each type of freight car. A Summary sheet appear as the first tab and
has all the totals carried forward.

Since I belong to two clubs, I record which club each car is stored at, and
whether it is on loan to the club for op session or stored in my storage
space. I also record the total number of PRR cars for each type. Yes, I am
an SPF.

If anyone is interested I can forward you my inventory. Its probably too
big to belabor the whole group with.


Andy Miller

-----Original Message-----
From: Beckert, Shawn [mailto:Shawn.Beckert@...]
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 2:56 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Computerized Freightcar Inventory Database Programs


At the Sunshine Models meet at Buena Park this weekend, Ted Culotta did a
presentation on "Computers in Modeling".
One of the subjects he touched on was using a computer database program to
make an inventory of the freightcars in our collections, showing a variety
of useful information.

The poor guy was harassed unmercifully when it became obvious how many cars
in his fleet were still in unbuilt condition, though nobody else dared say
their closet looked any different!

A question for the listmembers: Ted is solidly a Macintosh user; are there
any PC-based inventory programs out there that could be used to construct a
database of our freightcar fleets? I'd like to know about the more
"user-friendly" programs; I'm not that concerned about cost at the moment.


Shawn Beckert

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