Re: Tank car questions

Jared Harper <harper-brown@...>

If anyone else has any insights into the use of tank cars on the Alma
branch they will be appreciated. I never thought about the WWII tank
car shortage and other exigencies of war that disrupted the normal flow
of freight traffic. I still haven't figured out why passenger service
from the branch to points in the outside world got so messed up during
WWII. During most of its years of operation passengers off the AB
could make good connections at Burlingame with scheduled passenger
trains. When the AB trains started tieing up at Topeka passengers had
the choice of Burlingame or Topeka connections. During WWII there were
NO close connections for passengers off the branch.

Jared Harper
Athens, GA

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