Re: this nice shot of the GM&O freight house

John Barry


Think FedEx's Memphis or UPS's Louisville sorting hubs, neither of which has much in local delivery compared to the overall volume. Kansas City was a major rail hub with significant interchange between RRs. LCL cars from all over the GM&O terminated there an their contents were resorted into interchange cars destined to points on connecting lines. A package from Mobile to Albuquerque would have moved through this house to the Santa Fe house at Argentine before entering the Santa Fe LCL system. Only in a minority of markets was there enough traffic to warrent a through car such as the NY car from San Francisco via the Santa Fe and Erie. Through cars to connecting lines were a bit more common skipping the destination sort on the originating line. But most of the transfer LCL got sorted by the delivery road then again by the receiving road. Think trap cars instead of trucks for the cross town moves.

John Barry
ATSF North Bay Lines 
Golden Gates & Fast Freights 
Lovettsville, VA


PO Box 44736 
Washington, DC 20026-4736


On Mon, 4/29/19, Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;) <> wrote:

Subject: [RealSTMFC] this nice shot of the GM&O freight house
To: "STMFC" <>
Date: Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:34 PM

Hi List
Consider for a moment this
nice shot of the
GM&O freight house surrounded by steam era freight
I have a question about how
this all works
regarding delivery of goods to the customer. Freight cars
get parked here, they
are unloaded into the freight house by fork lift or hand
truck or elbow grease,
right? Then what? How does the customer get their goods?
Presumably they show up
wuth their comapny truck (or in earlier days, with their
horse-drawn cart). But
I don't see any good street access to the building. Is
it on the side of the
building we cannot see? I'm thinking maybe not, since
there are probably tracks
This is not the first time
I've seen freight houses
with what appears to be inadequate or non-existant street
access. How was this
handled? Presumably every inbound carload of items that goes
INTO the freight
house has to leave as well, and it's not leaving in a
freight car,
Overall, if you omit the
large yard in the
background, and included only the three tracks in the
foreground with the
building, a scene like this is very model-genic, and could
serve as the focal
point of a very nice switching layout or a fun area of
activity within a larger
Claus Schlund

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