Several threads lately have come to related conclusions, namely that
the movements of specialized cars were much more predictable than
those of general-service boxcars. Whether the specialized cars would
therefore *stay close to home*, though, depends on their service.
Covered hoppers hauling cement, probably yes, for the reasons stated
in this thread. ACL and SAL phosphate hoppers, yes, because most of
the traffic was from mines in interior Florida to Florida ports.
Auto parts cars, by contrast, might move highly predictably but from
Detroit to assembly plants across the country, e.g. on the West
Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Aufderheide" <mononinmonon@...>
cost ofTim Gilbert wrote:For a covered
consumer,transportation, and thus, total cost of the product to the
being aescalated the further away from their point of origin - cement
examplelow value commodity with widespread cement plants nation wide.
in the 1948 Monon conductor's logs I was surprised at twopredominant
home road car types: covered hoppers and side-dump gons. Afterboxcars!
(in 1948 there were only 30 covered hoppers and 20 side dump carsvs.
1500 or so boxcars)