Re: Railroads and the Auto Industry: A Research Question

Jeff Aley - GCD PE <jaley@...>

On Oct 16, 11:03am, Beckert, Shawn wrote:
Subject: [STMFC] Railroads and the Auto Industry: A Research Question
Fellow Listers,

Where would one go to find information on the interaction
between railroads and the automobile industry in the 1940's
and 1950's?

The Ops-Ind list is one place to find out. There was a thread a
while back indicating that Jim Eager and Nick Molo were trying to

compile a list of automobile and light
truck assembly plants and the railroads that served them circa

The basic list of plants and the models produced at each comes from
Ward's Automotive Yearbook for 1979 and 1980, but that reference of
course makes no mention of which railroad--or railroads--served each
I don't know if Ward's existed back in the timeframe of your
interest, but it's worth looking into.

John Mitchell is studying the same thing for the 50's, and he

"By the way, the Dept of Commerce in Washington puts out an annual report
prospects for all industries in the US. (Industrial Horizons??) You may be
able to get a really old one from that Dept's library for your time
I know they have been producing it since at least the mid-eighties, but
have done it before that. They also have a chapter on auto parts and I
believe a listing of locations for huge plants necessary to produce major
parts such as stampings, engines, transmissions, etc

In Canada, the Automotive Branch of Industry Canada put out an annual
on the Automotive Industry, including stats on Cdn and NA production, who
produces what, where, etc. Also info on the major parts producers and
plants. The Departmental Library would have copies back to about 1983."


Per their messages, John's email is (was) mitchel2@... and Jim's is
(was) jeager@... .

Good luck!


Jeff Aley jaley@...
DPG Chipsets Product Engineering
Intel Corporation, Folsom, CA
(916) 356-3533

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