. The Buffalo Creek box cars were
XM. They could be loaded by ANY railroad in Michigan,
Indiana, Ohio, Eastern Canada, West Virginia, Virginia,
Maryland, Delaware. Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire,
Maine, or Rhode Island
XM type of cargo and from there be sent to ANY
destination in North America - under standard AAR
car loading rules.
Where is Tim Gilbert when we need him?? Weren't you guys paying
attention during the YEARS of
discussions we had about car loading rules and why everyone's box
cars went practically everywhere?
More generally, BCK box cars were a small percentage of the North
American box car fleet, so they
were most likely infrequent visitors to western Canada or California
or Texas - But they undoubtedly
did end up in those places sometimes.
Here is a ~1960 photo of BCK 2997 in Oakland, California.
On 11/9/2021 10:56 PM, Jim Mischke
Bud and friend:
The Buffalo mills produced a variety of proprietary flours, mixes
and feeds. For a western Canadian customer, a Buffalo Creek
boxcar will do.
Insulated boxcars protect ladings from temperature extremes.
Many are cold but few are frozen. Jars and canned goods cannot
be allowed to freeze, so that might be a lading for an insulated
boxcar.. If western Canadian grocers want Mott's apple sauce from
New York, an NYRB boxcar will do.
Canada has always been largely self-sufficient with pre-NAFTA
tariff barriers to maintain it that way. Yet there are many
occasions when only an American product will suffice and
distinctive US railroad cars make their way north.
-- Tim O'ConnorSterling, Massachusetts
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