B-65942, OCT. 8, 1956

B-65942: Oct 8, 1956

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TO CLIFFORD AND MILLER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER CONCERNING THE FURNISHING OF STANDARD AIR-CONDITIONED PULLMAN CARS IN LIEU OF TOURIST CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE TRANSPORTATION DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE WILL WITHDRAW THE OVERPAYMENTS STATED AGAINST THE PULLMAN COMPANY. WHERE THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT REQUESTED WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE TIME REQUESTED. EXCEPT WHERE THE STANDARD AIR-CONDITIONED CAR WAS SO STRIPPED AND THE AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT TURNED OFF THAT THE CAR WAS USED MORE OR LESS IN TOURIST CLASS SERVICE. WILL BE CERTIFIED FOR ALLOWANCE. IN INSTANCES WHERE THE RECORD SHOWS THAT TOURIST CLASS CARS WERE AVAILABLE AT.

B-65942, OCT. 8, 1956

TO CLIFFORD AND MILLER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER CONCERNING THE FURNISHING OF STANDARD AIR-CONDITIONED PULLMAN CARS IN LIEU OF TOURIST CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF MILITARY PERSONNEL, AND TO THE DOCUMENTS FURNISHED AS EVIDENCE OF THE NON-AVAILABILITY OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED.

THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED SHOWS THE LOCATION OF THE VARIOUS KINDS OF EQUIPMENT OF THE PULLMAN COMPANY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CARS SHOWN ON THE RECAPITULATION OF CARS AS "UNEXPLAINED," AND 38 NON-AIR CONDITIONED CARS AND 12 TOURIST NON-AIR-CONDITIONED CARS LISTED IN THE PULLMAN COMPANY CAR LIST NO. 34 AND NOT REFERRED TO IN THE PRESENT SUMMARY OF THE LOCATION OF CARS. IT SEEMS THAT AN EXPLANATION OF THE LOCATION OR DISPOSITION OF THE LATTER 50 (38 PLUS 12) CARS SHOULD BE MADE BY THE PULLMAN COMPANY. OTHERWISE, THEY MUST, NECESSARILY, BE CLASSED AS UNEXPLAINED.

THE TRANSPORTATION DIVISION OF OUR OFFICE WILL WITHDRAW THE OVERPAYMENTS STATED AGAINST THE PULLMAN COMPANY, BUT AS YET UNCOLLECTED, WHERE THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT REQUESTED WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE TIME REQUESTED, EXCEPT WHERE THE STANDARD AIR-CONDITIONED CAR WAS SO STRIPPED AND THE AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT TURNED OFF THAT THE CAR WAS USED MORE OR LESS IN TOURIST CLASS SERVICE. SIMILAR INSTANCES WHERE THE STATED OVERPAYMENT HAS BEEN COLLECTED, AND CLAIM BY THE PULLMAN COMPANY FOR THE AMOUNT COLLECTED HAS BEEN RECEIVED HERE WITHIN TEN YEARS AFTER THE COLLECTION, WILL BE CERTIFIED FOR ALLOWANCE.

IN INSTANCES WHERE THE RECORD SHOWS THAT TOURIST CLASS CARS WERE AVAILABLE AT, OR IN THE VICINITY OF THE ORIGIN POINT WHEN THE REQUEST WAS MADE, BUT WERE NOT USED, THE OVERPAYMENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAND. SEE, IN THIS CONNECTION, PULLMAN COMPANY BILLS RC-669311-S-55 AND W-183911-S- 55. BILL NO. RC-669311-S-55, COVERS REQUESTS NOS. WQ 26,373,767 AND WQ- 26,373,769 FOR 81 PASSENGERS FROM SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, TO BALTIMORE, MARYLAND. THESE PASSENGERS WERE FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION IN TOURIST RATED CARS NOS. 7109 AND 7094 AND IN STANDARD AIR CONDITIONED CAR OLE.' YET THE RECORDS SHOW THAT TOURIST RATED CARS 7571 AND 7939 WERE IDLE AT SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, ON THE DATE OF MOVEMENT. THE SAME SITUATION EXISTS AS TO TRANSPORTATION REQUEST NO. N 6517130 AND BILL NO. W-183911-S-55. CLEARLY THE ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTED COULD HAVE BEEN FURNISHED IN THESE INSTANCES.

CONCERNING THE "UNEXPLAINED CARS" ON WHICH NO RECORD HAS BEEN PRESENTED, IT SEEMS THAT THESE CARS MAY HAVE BEEN IDLE AT SOME OF THE POINTS FROM WHICH MILITARY PERSONNEL WERE BEING MOVED. THIS SITUATION MAY NECESSITATE SPECIAL CONSIDERATION, SUCH AS CONSIDERING THEM IDLE AT THE LAST DESTINATION POINT OF RECORD.