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United States Government Investment in Road and Equipment at Close of Year.

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DEPRECIATION, ROAD, EQUIPMENT AND MISCELLANEOUS PHYSICAL PROPERTY.

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BASES OF DEPRECIATION CHARGES.

The difference between credits as shown against depreciation on steam locomotives and passenger train cars, and charges to these accounts in operating expenses is due to the fact that during the year 1918, a portion of the rental paid by the York Harbor & Beach, and St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain Railroads, for the use of Boston & Maine locomotives and passenger cars was charged operating expenses (repairs and depreciation accounts) of these roads, the same accounts on the Boston & Maine Railroad books being credited.

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NOTE. In stating the increases and decreases, accounts for 1917 have been revised, eliminating operations of electric street railways, which are not under Federal control, and including only such items as are now included in the Federal accounts.

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