Re: Why not model actual train consists? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

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Maybe I am missing something based on what they did where I lived, but:

The guys I knew at Conway included guys whose job it was to look for the cars
in the yard (MTY) that suited the need of local industries. They were always
looking for: a) gons in good condition, b) 50-foot box cars in good
condition, c) 65-foot gons, d) covered gons, e) hoppers in good condition,
and f) certain types of flat cars, in that order, if I remember right.

The cars were assembled in blocks to serve groups of industries along certain
portions of the line.

A switch list was prepared, with the reporting marks and car number noted for
reach car, except for big strings of hoppers, for unit train usage.

If your local yard assembled a bunch of cars to go to local grain elevators,
by looking through what they had, and making calls for what they needed, then
creating that block for delivery, with a switch list for the crew of the
local, why would they not know where the cars were going?

Elden Gatwood

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Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Why not model actual train consists?

Sorry, I didn't trim Tony's msg, so my question was unclear. I am referring
specifically to the assertion that, "the crew on a local could look down the
train (or the switchlist) and be pretty sure where EVERY car was going."


I honestly don't understand. Let's say there's a PRR X29 that arrives on a
small SP branch, or at a small town in Iowa.
How would the local crew [on the prototype] know where it is going?

I can understand that you can do that with open loads, or with private cars,
or cars in leased fleets, but free-running box cars (like a MILW rib-side)??
How would they know?



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