Re: Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac - Industries originating freight 1945-50

Tim O'Connor

For subscribers, the print run was probably sent by storage mail on passenger trains!

For retail distribution, it's possible to use REA or LCL for a lot of that. Remember that
long distance trucking was still pretty iffy in the 1940's. :-)

From long ago discussions on STMFC I think we learned that, in the 1920's at least, about
1/2 of all box car loads were LCL. Even in the 1940's it probably was still more than 10%.
Anyone know for sure?

On 1/10/2023 6:40 PM, George Courtney via wrote:

Just curious.  Back in the early 1950's the Reader's Digest was big.  I've read they had a publishing plant in Richmond.  I don't know if it was actually on the RF&P but for a few days each month  a lot of carloads of Reader's Digest would have been shipped out.  Does anyone actually know if Reader's Digest would have been shipped to distributors around the nation?  I would think by the 1960's it would have been trucked.  But in the late 40's to early 50's?

George Courtney

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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