Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>

From: "Dave Nelson" <muskoka@comcast.net>
Subject: RE: Boxcar Utilization - Definitions
ljack70117@adelphia.net wrote:
I have a question. Where did the ORER get the information the

From each railroad.

Although Dave's response is right, I'd like nto expand on it a bit.

The ORER was (and still is) a tariff. It was published on behalf of all of the railroads and was referenced in most other railroad tariffs. It was the official reference for any tariff item that referenced car type, dimensions, capacity, car number, etc.

The railroads were motivated to keep it up to date for cars added because for tariff purposes a car did not exist if it wasn't in the RER. Cars in the RER did not necessarily exist. When a railroad got new cars, it would publish the whole series even if it might be some months before all were delivered. Similarly, there was no particular reason for a railroad to rush to delete cars from the register after they were taken out of service, except for the cost of the space that they paid for in the RER. So if a railroad had an entry for a hundred cars and all but a few were scrapped, there was no benefit from updating the RER until all were gone and the line for that series could be deleted.

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