Re: Hide Cars - perhaps not the last wood, however....


Bob Chaparro
 

Malcolm Laughlin wrote in the Ry-Ops-Industrial SIG group:

“Here's an excerpt from Car Service Rule 18 in a 1959 RER

"(A) Box cars classed as suitable for grain loading or better or refrigerator cars must not be loaded with any of the contaminating commodities listed below.....

1. Animal products:

  (a) Hides, Pelts or Skins,

  (b) Glue Stock

......(c)....(f)....

  (g) Tallow.

2. Copra

3. fish.........

...

6. Asphalt.......

7. Creosote.....

8. Lamp black, etc.

9. Poisonous.....

In the 50's and 60's, it was normal for all empty box cars needed for loading in the same terminal area to be switched to the cleaning track after being pulled empty from an industry.  Cleaning was a clerks union job and in Account 401 of the operating budget of the terminal superintendent or trainmaster.”

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In 1915 Rule 18 was much more general:

“Car Service Rule 18 provides that "Empty cars containing refuse must not be offered in interchange.

If the delivering line fails to remove such refuse, the receiving line may do so at the expense of the delivering line, and in such case must promptly advise the delivering line of its action."

Bob Chaparro

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