Re: interchanged head end cars

Andy Miller <asmiller@...>

In addition to the mail and express business mentioned by several other
posters, one other common cargo caused baggage cars to roam nation-wide.
That was magazines. The printing plants for such steam era favorites as
Life, Look, Colliers, and the Saturday Evening Post were heavily
concentrated in Ohio and mostly serviced by the PRR. They were invariably
handled in passenger train as they were time-sensitive cargo. There would be
weekly loads of magazines for all parts of the country and they would be
loaded into B60b baggage cars (soon to be available from Walthers) and/or
X29 box cars in express service (necessary freight car content). Red
Caboose has had an excellent kit for this car for some time. Foreign (to
the PRR) baggage cars might also be used if they were available, to get them
off the line and headed home.

Does anyone know if this business was handled by the REA or did the
publishers have such a large volume of regular traffic that they could ship
the magazines themselves to their own distributors across the country?


Andy Miller

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Subject: [STMFC] interchanged head end cars

How common were foreign road head end cars? In the last year or 2 RMC had an
article on a train in eastern PA which had mail and express cars from
several different railroads. I would have thought that this was uncommon.

A few days ago Mike Brock said that UP baggage cars (or mail cars?) were
seen in NYC. Was this routine or once in a while, like for Christmas?

Is anyone familiar with similar cars?

Except for east coast/west coast trade (LA/NYC, SF/NYC etc.), traffic
between most pairs of large cities could be serviced by one railroad
(Chicago-NYC - Erie, Chicago-Boston - NYC, St. Louis-NYC - PRR, etc.)


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