Re: Grain industry rolling loads

Charlie Duckworth

I was working a lot in Kansas and Kansas City in the 1970’s and saw a lot of outbound and inbound grain moves.  As Tim indicated, loads of grain would be pulled but not waybilled until the state grain inspections were done.  The moisture content dictated if the grain was good for either human or animal consumption.  So you’d have a load pulled and sitting in a track designated for grain inspection.  Initially  grain inspections only happened on weekdays but in KC we were able to get the state to work weekends to reduce no bills.  

Some grain shippers used ‘shippers order notify’ or ‘deliver on order of shipper’ on grain going to small consignees. This notation meant the load shouldn’t be placed to the receiver until the commodity was paid for.  The consignees would go to a local bank, make payment and get a paid invoice and present to the agent to have the load spotted.   If the load was placed without the proper documentation the railroad could be responsible for the lading but I never saw this happen.  

On Sun, Mar 27, 2022 at 1:23 PM Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Years ago this was discussed - probably still in the message archive. I'm not sure about rollers - unsold cargo - but
there were single waybills in some cases that included a stopover at a large grain elevator for grading & sale.

On 3/27/2022 1:43 PM, Thomas Eide wrote:
I was talking to two of my friends Jim Dick and Greg Smith who live in the St. Paul, MN area about a question I have on operations. I was chatting about the grain industry. My question is: Was grain sold as a rolling load? Lumber, coal and produce was sold while rolling in transit. Country elevators fill up and the grain needs to go somewhere! Any help is appreciated!

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.

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