Re: New York/New Jersey bananas


Please note Bananas are stacked on the floor of the car. You can not stack more than one layer high. They will crush the lower ones if you do. I do not remember what you call the whole stock. It had a special name. The small bunches you see in the store are called " A Hand". The Whole stock is about 4 1/2 feet long. They are heavy enough that when you pick them up you are glad they do not weight any more. Also the hand grows up. The stock grows down on the tree.
Also no one as answered my question: What is the hurry in moving the carload??

On Friday, December 5, 2003, at 10:38 AM, Michael Mang wrote:
Many roads in the Northeast had banana traffic, even the anthracite roads.
The Lackawanna picked up bananas in Hoboken, some from the NYC at Weehawken
and others right at the waterfront, and delivered them to Buffalo to the NKP
or Wabash. Fast freight HB-1 leaving Hoboken at 6:15 PM and arriving at
Buffalo at 7:45 AM was blocked specifically with the bananas on the rear of
the train.

In 1950, the DL&W carried 6,656 carloads of bananas, but only 72,820 tons.
That works out to about 11 tons of bananas per carload on average, showing
that even though a commodity may have been shipped in a car with a nominal
30-ton capacity, it may not have been loaded to the journal capacity on
every occasion.

Michael Mang
Thank you
Larry Jackman
I don't care who you are fat man. Get that sleigh and reindeer off my roof.

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