Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
I have photocopies of some ledger sheets prepared by the YV for the Association of American Railroads for a report entitled "Empty Cars on Hand as of Specific Date" which lists the empty cars on the YV as of the 15th of the month and the end of the month by OWNER and CAR TYPE. .... The information I have is very limited....only from December 31, 1936 to March 31, 1937. But apparently railroads did track and report this stuff, at least at one time....
No question of the feasibility of this kind of report for a small railroad. What was the total number of cars on line Jack ? In the case of the YV, it would have been easy to keep such a record just from the single daily interchange report that had all cars coming on the railroad for that day.
In contrast, consider a railroad such as the PRR or ATSF with thousands of cars coming through hundreds of interchanges every day. Consider the fact that all of the paper with that information flowed into the system car accountant's office with time lags of days to weeks. Then imagine the massive clerical task to do the count. No computers around to help. Not even photocopiers !
It would have been a huge expense to get information that would have been too old to use for any kind of management decision making.
Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
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