Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
I have the book. While presenting a history, the book's primary purpose was the advocacy of a somewhat rigid application of the freight car service rules. Coughlin did not appreciate the helter skelter system of reloading and routing of foreign car empties which became common practice during and after WW II. Like Droege's 1925 FREIGHT TERMINALS & TRAINS book, there is a seemingly endless series of forms. But in the book, there are some nuggets hidden within the text.
Some of Coughlin's proposals were adopted after 1956 when the AAR formed a "police force" to monitor the adherence to the Car Service Rules. How effective this "police force" was is a different question.