Re: Freight car with ICC report

Tim O'Connor

Larry Ostresh wrote:

FWIW there are 742,546 U.S. box, auto and ventilated cars in the
January 1945 ORER. They break down as follows:
Class XM: 614,947
This almost exactly matches Jeff's 620,000 cars for 1945.

Tony Thompson

Yes, it is about the same -- However, it begs the question of whether
various conductors' reports distinguish between XM's and XA's for the
purpose of the various ownership tallies. Especially since many XA's
were (as you have noted Tony) used for lumber or other cargos during
peacetime, and during the war (1945) we can pretty safely assume there
was relatively little automobile production!

Tim O'Connor

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