Re: When did Santa Fe drop the Ampersand (&)?

Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>

Ampersands were on their way out when railroads started to use IBM cards for train consists. If you look at any teletype list gernerated from IBM cards or any computer file, you will see just ATSF, CNW, etc. It was important to get as much information (as opposed to data) as possible in the 80 characters on a card. The ampersand did not add information, and without them a four character field would accomodate any reporting mark.

When the AAR started computerizing the equipment register, no ampersands were used.

Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
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