No reciprocal switching


Tony Thompson described reciprocal switching on his blog back in August.  I recently came across a situation where there was NOT a reciprocal switching agreement.  In the industry list for the CGW for Dubuque, IA the millwork company of Carr, Adams & Collier is shown as being served by all four railroads CGW, CB&Q, IC and MILW.  Does that mean that all four roads had access to the industry or did one road switch the millwork company and then bill the other road for the switching fees?  Dubuque is quite interesting in that it is a relatively small city with four railroads but unfortunately a good deal of the industrial area has been obliterated by highway construction in the last 25 years.

Robert Oom

Kalamazoo, MI


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