Re: Tractors per Flatcar & Rates Charged?
tim gilbert <tgilbert@...>
ian clasper wrote:
But the Phillip Hastings' photo of the 40' Flat on the Bradford NH Local
on B&M's Claremont Branch in 1951 has only three "Farmall" tractors -
photos of this local was in both the March and April 2002 RMC's. I doubt
that Tractors were always loaded in pairs since each of the three
tractors on that flat were evenly dispersed. The consignee of the three
tractors was Cressy & Williams, a Bradford NH Farm Equipment dealer -
they could probably not afford to stock any more than three.
Item "G" of Figure 172-B of the 3/15/1942 Loading Rules for Tractors
weighing less than 5,000 pounds on Flat Cars refers to the interlocking
of No. 9 Gauge Wire between tractors concluded with the following: -
"When machines are located so that these items cannot be applied, use
Items "F" on all wheels - Item "F" was 8 strands, 4 wrappings of No. 9
Gauge Wire attached to rear wheels and stake pockets, and to rear wheels
and items "D" on inside (front?) wheels.
There was no requirement that tractors be loaded only in pairs because
of the last sentence in the description of Item "G."
A tractor loaded by itself would have to have additonal choking addedIf the tractors on a flat had been partially off loaded previously at
another dealer, why would that dealer (or someone else) rip out the
load's chokings and install new ones as would appear to be the case for
the three tractor load to Cressy & Williams in Bradford NH?