perishable spoilage calims was Re: Livestock through Chicago

Bruce Smith


The point, of course being that if the PRR handled 3 times the amount of perishables then equal handling would indicate that it would have roughly 3 times the claims.  Now, in the past, you've pointed out that you were told by at least 2 PFE employees that PRR had the highest claims per ton mile, but the primary data for that heresay evidnece has not surfaced, at least as far as I know.  And of course, per ton mile is a figure that is clearly biased in favor of western roads due to the fact that almost nobody lived west of the Mississippi, relatively speaking, in the steam era and thus things moved farther faster because, well because there was no reason to stop!

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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Bruce Smith wrote:

What Tony also fails to note is that in spite of the supposed shipper preference for the Erie, the PRR hauled vastly more perishable traffic in terms of carloads than the Erie (about 3 times more).

       Please note I never said that most perishable traffic went over the Erie. I have repeated what former PFE people told me, that they strongly and frequently urged shippers to choose the Erie for faster, more dependable service and fewer damage claims. But obviously the Erie served a limited amount of the east, primarily the New York area. You could still use Erie for part of the trip to other cities, but obviously Pennsy's service area would draw a lot of traffic. 
       I think if you look at the size of cities served by PRR compared to Erie, carrying three times as much perishable traffic is a sad multiple for PRR.

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