Re: "Reciprocal" Switching - Please Explain

Paul & Theri Koehler <buygone@...>


There is or was a Tariff "Leland's Open and Prepay" you will need to check
the spelling on Leland's, that lists all railroads stations and weather or
not they were open. It behooved all railroads to maintain an aggressive
Sales department to minimize their short hauls in these situations. When it
was found that a given industry was short hauling you as a carrier, you
could disrupt their flow of cars with disrupted switching and not placing
the empties which would need to be supplied by the long haul carrier. This
could backfire on the carrier or could result in a change of policy by the

Paul C. Koehler


From: Beckert, Shawn [mailto:Shawn.Beckert@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 10:31 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: "Reciprocal" Switching - Please Explain

Paul Koehler wrote:

When an industry was within the "Reciprocal Switching Limits" any carries
serving that "Switching Limits" was considered to be serving that
In your example the SP physically served the industry, but WP could
the long haul on any inbound or outbound traffic and all SP got for the
handling was a switching charge. If on the other hand the industry was
within the "Reciprocal Switching Limits" then the SP would get a division
the line haul revenue.
I'm with you so far on this - basically it behooved the Southern Pacific to
offer competitive rates and service to these Bay Area shippers in order to
the business from being stolen by WP, AT&SF etc. Now, as to the subject of
"switching districts" - all this would be laid out with SP and WP tariffs
with the ICC, would it not? Have any (or all) of these tariffs been
someplace by the government, or anyone else for that matter? Obviously if I
to find out which railroad was allowed to switch its competitors shippers,
need to track down some of these tariffs. If they still exist...

As a side note, in leafing through this circular it's become clear that a
majority of industries in the Bay Area were located on railroads other than
Obviously the Wobbly would really have had to hustle to try and steal
away from the SP and Santa Fe, who of course would take a dim view of this.
I do
wonder if this isn't the reason the WP struggled all its life, and ended up
eaten by the Union Pacific?

Shawn Beckert

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