Re: Railroads and the Auto Industry: A Research Question
Greg Martin wrote, in part:
...The infrastructure of the industry was much the same forAh, but the devil is in the details, in this case the details
of *which* equipment, *what* destinations and origins. I intend
to run one or more sections of merchandise and auto-parts trains
on my St. Louis & Southwestern, and I want the motive power and
the cars to be as accurate for the time period as I can possibly
make them. It won't do to have auto-parts cars in the consist
that normally would have been seen on another railroad during the
late 1940's or 1950's.
An example: General Motors assembly plants were located in Southern
California, while Ford seemed to have its plants around the Bay Area.
I wouldn't want auto-parts cars that were assigned to Ford via the
normal CNW-UP-SP route showing up in SSW-SP trains that normally
carried General Motors traffic via St. Louis - Los Angeles.
Tony Thompson once mentioned that the Espee renumbered its auto
parts cars every time they were assigned to another manufacturer
or model year. If that's the case, I be hard pressed to know if I
was running the proper number series of cars for a given time period
or not. Granted, nobody else would know either, but that's not the
point. I strive for accuracy, unreasonable as that may be!