Re: Interpreting Copeland interchange data

Gregg Mahlkov <mahlkov@...>

Anthony Thompson wrote:

Presumably a particular produce market served by PRR could always be
accessed by interchange at the terminal city.
As a person who was responsible for the Pennsylvania Produce Terminal's traffic at Baltimore, MD, for a couple of years, albeit a half decade after the scope of this list, I can advise that such an option would have been extremely expensive. The consignee would have been required to pay the Class Rate on the commodity for a local line-haul movement.

There was little or no reciprocal switching in most cities in the Northeast and in those where it existed, produce terminals, being railroad owned, were not open to switching. PRR had the lion's share of perishable traffic at Baltimore and Philadelphia, as it not only had the produce terminals, but most of the grocery chain warehouses as well. Remember, the produce terminal merchants sold to restaurants and "mom and pop" groceries, the big chains bought direct from the growers.

And Logansport, IN, was primarily a perishable gateway - most of the traffic PRR received from the Wabash there was perishables. Remember, PRR owned the Wabash at the time.

Gregg Mahlkov
Florida's Forgotten Coast

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