Re: Apparently, Boston & Maine boxcars made it to Florida

Tony Thompson

Doug Harding wrote:

Back in the day New England was a hotbed of manufacturing and textile mills. Think Stanley tools for example. These items were shipped all over the country. And they were shipped in boxcars, most likely New England road boxcars.

     Good example, and the railroad serving Stanley would have wanted to provide good service, thus possibly a Grade A home-road box car. But that yardmaster, having a Stanley request for an empty to, say, Seattle, would be looking at his western-road empties -- or midwestern roads, so the load could be routed via them.
       He almost certainly wouldn't use a New England road car if his railroad interchanged with that road, because he could send it home directly via the nearest interchange. Of course, in boom times, cars were in short supply and you would use ANY car you could find.

Tony Thompson

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