Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Malcolm Laughlin wrote:
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.
Malcolm is right about this, as he is that cars not in the ORER could be regarded as non-existent. I was told by Steve Peery, who oversaw the submission of the SP entries to the ORER in the 1970s, that there were penalties for inaccurate car information, and that every effort was made in his office to check every single dimension of every single car group in the entries submitted for publication. That's not to say there were no errors, only that they were hardly casual errors.

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