Re: Automobiles by rail - a question for Tim Gilbert

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Malcolm Laughlin wrote:
We know that in the 50's the railroads were rapidly losing the movement of setup automobiles to trucks. From what I remember, there was very little if any rail movement of finished automobiles remaining. But with the advent of the multi-level auto carrier in 1959 (?) the rail movement of autos rapidly grew.
By the late fifties, the railroad share of complete auto shipment had fallen to about 10 percent of the total production. The introduction of auto racks raised that sharply, and by around 1964 or so, it had risen to almost 50 percent.

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