Re: Box cars on your layout

Michael Aufderheide

I have it in my mind, rightly or wrongly, that the specific railroad is not as important as the specific car.  Going through the ORER might be helpful in one regard.  Some railroads may not have a large enough total roster to be included in a list of the top boxcar owners.  However, some classes/types of boxcars on those smaller roads may be big enough to be within my cut off percentage of 1/2% (3500 cars) of the national fleet.  Whether or not this is the case, the research will tell.
Mike Aufderheide

--- On Tue, 2/17/09, Anthony Thompson <> wrote:

From: Anthony Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Box cars on your layout
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 12:41 PM

Mike Aufderheide wrote:
This is good information.  I wonder if we are able to put a finer
point on it.  I had an idea that using Larry Ostrich's 1950 ORER
spreadsheet, one could determine specific cars which should be
"essential" based on pure numbers and percentages of the national
Exactly. My list only tells you the RAILROADS to be represented.
Additional info such as the Ostrich lists is need to identify which
CARS to have. Of course, many, many of the ones we need are not
available as models or reasonable kitbashes, but many of them are quite

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