Actually it isn't a -lot- more likely that a car will get forgotten (left sitting
some where rather than moved as quickly as possible) just because it is a
"foreign" car. Home road cars were left sitting without earning pretty
much just as often as those from other roads ...
Admittedly there was a higher revenue gain from using the home road
cars ... but the crews weren't necessarily going to pay a lot of attention
The time when a home road car made a lot more money was when it
was serving home road destinations ... on both ends of the haul (from
and to were both home road).
But when you stop to think about it for a bit - a lot of the uses of RR
shipping didn't have that aspect.
Filling the demand (shipper requests an empty/delivering a loaded
car/moving a loaded car) were the -primary- concerns. All other concerns
were secondary to those needs.
But paying attention to the costs related to a car just "sitting
some where" was still important.
I'm just pointing out that this wasn't all that much more important
based upon whether the car was home road or not (to the crews
doing the work).
When cars are in short supply - whether that situation is short or
long term - it was/is easy to "blame the system". And the car
service rules were designed to keep the system working as well
as can be expected.
Certainly the crews took actions - daily/all the time - that contributed
to the bottom line efficiency of the RR. All too often they "did what
they were told" (by the clerks) and so a car (or cars) can get left
sitting far longer than a "perfect" system would indicate it should.
Just as often as not the real reason for a car sitting some where
for a long time is that it has gotten "lost" by the clerks ... if no one
"knows" it is sitting some where it isn't likely to be included in the
list of things to do today.
- Jim B.