Re: I don't really think of the B&A as serving areas rich in mine...


In a message dated 8/13/2015 1:03:12 A.M. Central Daylight Time, STMFC@... writes:
The same article also covers Lake Cargo movement of coal (and says, interestingly, that Indiana and Illinois coal could not compete with eastern coal in the Great Lakes ports and were limited entirely in 1937 to local markets and interior points of southern Wisconsin and Minnesota); all-rail westward movement of coal to markets in the upper Mississippi River Basin, and the Chicago coal market.
Interesting given the Illinois Central railroad put out a book in 1937 "traffic and organization of the Illinois central" pants a somewhat different picture of the traffic. Also check out the ICC reports #46 Case #8725 Lake cargo coal rates and #774 Bituminous coal to C.F.A. territory. Lots of tidbits in both and facts and figures.
Mark Rickert

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