Re: General covered hopper questions

Tim O'Connor


A factor that kept specialized cars on home rails was the fixed per
diem rates of that era, which meant that an expensive car earned
no more than an old, cheap car when it went offline. And therefore
the recipient road in effect got a nice expensive car for less than it
was worth! The affect of this was that until these cars become very
common (and also, any cars with roller bearing trucks) the railroads
tried not to send them off home rails if they could avoid it.

Tim O.

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From: "al_brown03" <>
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.

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