Re: New England Perishable Traffic


Gentlemen,I suspect that there may be some incorrect assumptions.Most of
the perishable traffic went to Burlington.There were several large (by
Vermont standards) wholesale distributors located there.I believe if we were
to examine freight records you would find different results.The same may be
said for oil products.Armand Premo

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff English" <englij@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2005 2:47 PM
Subject: [STMFC] RE: New England Perishable Traffic

Tim Gilbert wrote:

Northern New
England received most of its fresh western produce via a
ERIE-Binghamton-D&H-Mechanicville-B&M routing.

As for meat, some of it from the American Mid West arrived
via Canada.
The CN routing would be either via the Central Vermont in
St. Albans VT,
or the Grand Trunk in Island Pond VT while the CP could
route it through
Newport VT. So far as I know, little, if any arrived via the
Rutland. <<

In 1961, the Rutland's last year, which was greatly depressed
compared to previous years, they delivered 39 loaded PFE
cars to the B&M at Bellows Falls, Vt. It was mostly lettuce
from southern California and Arizona, but also included
cabbage, onions, carrots, "canned vegetables" and frozen
potatoes. I have no explanation as to why these cars were
routed via the Rutland, but they were. Similarly, 13 loaded
SFRD cars were handled eastbound..

Also B&M delivered 6 westbound PFE cars returning west
loaded with "wrpg paper" bound for San Francisco. And
again, three loaded SFRD cars went west.

My data for 1961 is far more detailed than for earlier times. In
the last three months of 1942, 13 PFE empties and 11 SFRD
empties went west out of Alburgh, Vt. on Rutland's train
No.9. Two more westbound SFRD cars were loaded and
bound for unknown destinations west of the Rutland's
interchange with NYC at Norwood, N.Y. These western
reefers represent only about 2 cars a week, out of about 60
cars a day, so yes perishable traffic was sparse on the Rutland,
but it <did> exist and somebody found it a useful route.

Jeff English
Troy, New York

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