Basically, the closest local team track or freight
house was typically the place where automobiles were delivered to local
dealers and then they were driven on their own wheels to the
dealership. A “full load” on a 40’ car would be 4 autos and a 50’ car
might load as many as 6 autos. Dealers typically got full loads but the
could also split loads, typically with the dealer in the next town ;)
Unloading required either a platform at the height of
the car doors, or for end door cars, a ramp.
I have photos of docks with ramps and track charts that show
the ramps at the IC freight houses in Decatur IL and Centralia IL. How
were the autos distributed to the dealer? Did the dealers pick them up
at the nearest freight house with facilities to unload the automobile
cars or were there regional locations where they were unloaded and then
shipped by truck to the local dealer in 1955?