Re: AUTOMOBILE SHIPMENTS IN BOX CARS IN THE 1950S
Very nice analysis. I was surprised that the state-to-state data for Kansas was omitted. But then I realized the the BOP (Buick-Olds-Pontiac) plant in Kansas City (Fairfax), KS was probably the ONLY major auto factory in the state. The ICC 1% waybill analysis omits data from a single source, as it can easily be identified as a single factory, and therefore can provide production data to competitors. IIRC, there’s also no data about the tires shipped from the Goodyear plant in Topeka, for that same reason.
Could you (or anyone else) please tell us more about automobiles shipped in crates in gons? I am not familiar with that practice. How does one “break down” an automobile to fit in a crate, and why?
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 7:52 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: AUTOMOBILE SHIPMENTS IN BOX CARS IN THE 1950S
Hi Bill (and other interested in automobile traffic):
I gathered some statistics from the 1% carload waybill study on passenger and freight automobile shipments into a post that you may find useful as you think about your auto car fleet. For those interested, the post can be found here: