Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
Posted by: "Kurt Laughlin" In 1961 there were still over 11,000 XAR/XMR "auto device" cars listed in
the ORER for Class I RRs.
That doesn't tell us anything about how they were being used. Most likely they were sitting on sidings waiting for rebuild programs that required cars of those dimensions and door type, which was likely not often. Every year many railroads had boxcar upgrade programs that used older cars that were obsolete or in bad repair.
When cars were taken out of service, they were not removed from the ORER until they were whitelined.
Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
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