Re: Asparagus and Peaches in SC

Michael Mang <mnmang@...>

My 1950 ICC Revenue Freight Report for the DL&W showed that the DL&W alone
carried 1,240 tons of Peaches, fresh, not frozen in 103 carloads, or 12 tons
per car. No tons were originated on the DL&W, and 9 carloads terminated on
line. The rest were delivered to connecting roads.

It would be interesting to learn why one third of the US peach traffic
passed through the hands of the Lackawanna that year.

Incidentally, looking at other produce entries in the ICC report, it appears
that many of the agricultural commodities were carried in lots around 10-15
tons in size. Even allowing for full ice bunkers, that seems like a light

Michael Mang

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Tim O'Connor
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Asparagus and Peaches in SC

Tim Gilbert wrote

In 1950, 3,307 tons of fresh peaches not frozen were originated on Class
I RR's in the US. At roughly 25 tons per car, that would be 132 carloads.

Tim, where did you get that number?? The area around Grand Junction
is a large peach growing region, and in 1950 roads were poor and the
markets distant... And there is a fine 1955 color photo of G.J. yard
absolutely JAMMED with ART ice reefers... more than 100 are visible.
Did peach traffic suddenly expand from 1950 to 1955?

Tim O.

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