Re: A busy time at the team track Chicago 1934

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)

Hi Tim and List Members,
Another thing to notice - the NYC steel boxcar closest to thte camera is being unloaded - boxes and boxes of RINSO.
Now look two cars back from there, a second NYC steel boxcar loaded with boxes of RINSO.
Now look at the next car back from there (USRA ss boxcar, road name unknown) - it is also full of boxes of RINSO.
Now look at the truck parked there - LOUIS DOBBRATZ SOAD DISTRIBUTORS! Think they might sell RINSO?
Now look at the fully loaded horse cart just past the DOBBRATZ truck - it is full to the top with - you guessed it - RINSO boxes
I bet the railroad crews simply refered to this as the RINSO track!
Claus Schlund

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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] A busy time at the team track Chicago 1934



Railroads in the Chicago area had many of these team track yards - tracks with space in between
for teams and later for trucks. Team tracks still exist to serve offline customers with carload service.

Tim O'Connor

On 5/10/2021 10:47 AM, Claus Schlund wrote:
Hi List Members,
A busy time at the team track Chicago 1934 - an image I find to be spectacular that simply transports us back more than 90 years into the past
"Men with products on trucks and horse-drawn wagons near train at Chicago Northwestern Railroad Depot"
It is clearly wintertime - everyone is wearing their coats, even the horses!
Quite a number of things immediately jump out at me, a few of them are...
(1) Note how many businesses were still using horses to get the job done in this relatively late 1934 date
(2) Note how a few of the conveyances are positioned for side-loading, but the vast majority are positioned for diagonal loading, at maybe a 45 degree angle relative to the freight car involved. None of the vehicles has been positioned at a 90 degree angle against the freight cars - I would think this 90 degree angle would make for the easiest work, with the vehicle back loading door flush against the freight car side, but perhaps that would also entirely block the flow of all other vehicular traffic
(3) There is a building clearly marked RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY above the left end of the activity
More info can be found at the link below...
Claus Schlund

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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