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GLOSSARY: Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)

The Official Railway Equipment Register is the standard reference for the rail transportation industry. It is published quarterly (January, April, July and October) and provides freight car information for most railroads and private car owners in service on the railways in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The book includes a complete listing of railcar number series, reporting marks, car ownership information, AAR car type code, dimensions (inside and out, width and height), width and height of door openings, and the marked cubical capacity of cars used to transport freight. The publication also contains clearance diagrams, interchange rules and descriptions of car types.

The periodicals were original published in English by the Railway Equipment and Publication Company of New York, starting back in the mid 1800s, and many of the earlier editions also offer some passenger car data. This is a description given in the Official Railway Equipment Register for July 1957:

"A magazine devoted to the consideration of topics of interest to shippers, railroad officials, and car owners, more particularly questions of transportation economics, car handling and other subjects of importance in railway operations. Containing official information, descriptive of equipment by ownerships and car numbers, being the medium through which official instructions are issued concerning the rendering of reports and the settlement of accounts pertaining to car service and car repairs, including registration of rolling stock equipment of the railways and car companies of North America."

The Official Railway Equipment Register is still available by subscription from the R.E.R. Publishing Corporation of New Jersey.

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