Re: Bil Darnaby's List of 1949 Boxcar Movements from Swift's Soy Bean Processing Operation in Frankfort IN

Michael Aufderheide


Thanks for the information. I haven't done it, but it
will be interesting to see if the Monon boxcar
percentage in this log matched the national despite
being on the home road.

The log covers the middle division between Lafayette
and Bloomington. The first entry is from 8/21/48 and
the last I have input is 12/9/48. About a third of
the trains are locals, a third through-freights and a
third extras (likely through as well) This covers
about 23 trains and 690 cars. I have about half of
what I copied at the Monon Society put into excel.
Much of what remains are coal trains on the Midland
branch. If this is useful to anyone, I'd be happy to
post it.


Mike Aufderheide

--- Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...> wrote:

Mike Aufderheide wrote:

One thing I've noticed about the 1948 Monon
conductor's log I'm going through is the lack of
boxcars in general. Plenty of gons and hoppers,
boxcars are under represented as a proportion of
Monon fleet: only 4 cars out of 52. Even Air
cars show up more often! Maybe this goes to
theory on boxcar usage.

Not so much theory because, in the 1948 PROCEEDINGS
SUPERINTENDENTS' CONVENTION which provided January 1
data for percent
home cars on line for both all types and boxcars. On
12/31/1947, there
were 1,999,441 cars owned by Class I RR's and
private car lines or
shippers in the US, but there were only 1,901,963
freight cars on line
in the US according to the ICC's 1947 ANNUAL REPORT
RAILWAYS IN THE US. To keep things simple, I will
use the 1,999,443
total in the table below:

Home Foreign
Total % at Home
Total Freight Cars 799,776 1,199,665
1,999,441 40.0% Given
less: Privately Owned Cars - 265,250
265,250 0.0%
RR-Owned Cars 799,776 934,415
1,734,191 46.1%
less: Boxcars 142,468 584,414
726,882 19.6% Given
All Other RR Car Types 657,308 350,001
1,007,309 65.3%

Because the MONON was a short haul railroad, I
suspect that the
percentage of MONON Boxcars on the home line of
total boxcars on the
Monon was much less than the national 19.6% average.
4 MONON boxcars out
of a total of 52 cars could be extraordinarily high
once hoppers, gons,
MOW cars, etc. were eliminated to determine how many
boxcars there were
in your Conductor's Log - more so if the Log
recorded through freights.

Regarding your 1948 MONON Conductor's Log, can you
advise what
"division" of the MONON it covered? Were they
through or local freights?
Between what month and day did the Log begin and

Thanks, Tim Gilbert

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