Re: Freight Car Distribution

Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>

bierglaeser wrote:

The following book is listed on eBay with auction ending Oct 27 at 14:35 PDT. Freight Car Distribution And Car Handling In The U.S.A. Item number: 4584218001.
Description: Freight Car Distribution And Car Handling In The United States by E. W. Coughlin, Manager, Railroad Relations, Car Service Division
Association American Railroads, Car Service Division, 1956. Hb, blue cloth on boards, good condition, former owner's name at the top of the front free endpaper. 338 pages, 9 1/4" tall.

Is anyone familiar with the contents of this book? Is it useful to modelers interested in operation? Would this book help determine which freight cars ought to be seen on my model RR?

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.

Tim Gilbert

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