Re: Photo: Grain Sacks On Flat Cars

Bob Chaparro

Comments from the Early Rail Group:

The Monterey & Salinas Valley was built to move grain to port. When operating, sporadically from 1874 to 1880, it used every car it had in the annual fall grain rush—40 flats and 8 boxcars—to move thousands of sacks from shipping points (often just sacks stacked by the track) to the main warehouse at Monterey before the rains came. Using flats was a weakness, uncovered sacks on the cars did get wet and spoiled.

Dave Eggleston


In California during the nineteenth century, sacks of grain were regularly shipped on flat cars.

Don Ball


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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