Re: Bananas via Fruit Growers Express

Bill Welch

A couple of random thoughts regarding perishable traffic on the Southern Railway.

In addition to the banana extras that the Southern ran, they had four regular trains identified in their Perishable Schedules that were basically north and northwesterly bound with Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina grown produce bound for urban centers in US and Canada.

Despite all of this important traffic and the revenue realized from it, the Southern remained the bane of FGE Management and the other owner railroads that comprised their Board of Directors with their refusal to participate financially through the years with various plans for improvements to the car fleet. During the first few years of FGE's existence, there were discussions among some of the owners to de-solve FGE and reform it without the Southern, so frustrated and angry were the other railroads.

Bill Welch

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