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Unless these were extra special NP box cars, I'm not sure you
can infer anything from the fact that a
load of sugar arrives inside an NP box car. Basically the sugar
plant asks for a bunch of clean XM box
cars to load - and whatever clean XM box cars were in the yard
that day, went to the sugar plant!
I agree the Red River valley is known for beet sugar. So is
eastern Colorado. And California. NP XM
box cars were a common sight in those places.
Was -sugar- refined in Hawaii?? I thought the raw cane was
shipped (by the shipload) and processed on
the mainland. I know there was a huge Hawaii sugar cane mill in
northern California, and there was another
one in Brooklyn NY for sugar cane from the Caribbean islands.
On 2/27/2021 12:05 AM, Douglas Harding wrote:
the sugar is interesting. Sugar beets were a common crop in
Northern Iowa and Minnesota in 1949, with several sugar beet
processing plants in the region. The NP could also have been
hauling Hawaiian cane sugar from the PNW ports.
also question the SLRX cars, whose reporting marks are often
confused with Swift SRLX marks. But the numbers do match
SLRX cars. Could the loads have been mis-labeled to reduce
Wow! That Excel workbook is a labor of love.
It also raises lots of questions about where cars came from
and where the loads out were going. E.g., where did all
that sugar in NP boxcars come from? I don't suppose the
seal books have origin or destination information?
I did find one set of questionable initials = SLRX (St Louis
Refrigerator Line - beer), which I think should be SRLX
(Swift Refrigerator Line - meat). See rows 184-185.
Otherwise, a great wealth of information to ponder.