locked Cleaning out the accounting books

George Eichelberger

The project to record data on Southern Railway rolling stock has been continuing for more than 20 years. The project's spread sheets include more than 300,000 entries (when cars and locos were acquired, rebuilt, modified and scrapped). Sometimes, an entry in the SR records will say something like "car interchanged to Mexico, never returned" other entries will have no idea what became of the equipment.

We recently found information on thousands more freight and passenger car dispositions (approvals to retire and scrap) in Presidents' file boxes 579 and 580. A July 10, 1972 memo to Graham Claytor recommending retirement for 31 40-ton wood sheathed box cars (attached) is unusual. The Southern accounting or audit folks must have wanted to clear their books?


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