Re: General covered hopper questions

Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...> wrote:

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.

This could have been a factor providing one could get away with it. A couple of things to consider, however.

On a MONON Wheel Report of 1948, there were four MONON boxcars included - none of which were in CIL's #1-500 series delivered in May 1947.

The B&M accepted 500 PS-1 boxcars in Michigan City in 1947 from where they were dispatched for their maiden loaded voyages. The same thing occurred in 1951 when the B&M accepted another 750 PS-1's in Michigan City.

No doubt, others can think of another two examples to meet your higher authority's criterion of five.

Tim Gilbert

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