Re: Perishable traffic

Tim O'Connor


Since I am a modeler, not a statistical analyst, I think it's more
interesting to know whether railroad X had Y cars on Z trains by
location A during years MMMM to NNNN. I mean, of what possible
use to me is knowing whether UP (a 9,000+ route mile railroad)
originated or terminated more or less traffic of a particular kind
than the SP (a 12,000+ mile railroad when you include T&NO).
I ain't modeling an entire system!

And by the way, UP originated about 30% of PFE carloadings,
which would be a pretty large number in the peak years of the

I do agree that UP received far more produce than it got from
the SP. On the other hand, UP probably delivered a lot more
meat and beer and newspapers to the SP than it received from
them. Processed foods (i.e. canned and frozen) travelled in
all directions so I have no idea whether an imbalance there
favored the UP or the SP.


-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Tim Gilbert <>

The figures are total carloads, not just those originated. Since UP was
a bridge carrier for the SP reefer trade while the SP would have been an
insignificant one for perishables originated on the UP.

What I don't like about the table is that there is no national totals
provided. Ergo, we cannot say that UP, SP or PRR had a "x" percent of
the national total.

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