Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
The idea that the PRR's having a lot of icing stations meaning that they carried more is a great example of deducing incorrect conclusions from documented information. A lot of icing stations, ....suggests, , that they had a hard time getting perishable freight over the line in a timely manner, and had to be prepared to re-ice it frequently to avoid, as much as possible, losing it.
I don't think the data supports either of these conclusions. The number of icing stations is what you would expect for a railroad that went to so many places. All railroads had icing stations at every terminal that handled much perishables traffic, and there was no significant city that didn't receive many meat and produce cars every day.
The only icing stations that a PRR car passed from Chicago to Enola were Fort Wayne, Crestline, Johnstown, Altoona, Huntingdon and Enola. Altoona and Huntingdon were the normal scheduled icing stations. No car from Chicago would have needed icing at Fort Wayne or Crestline, and they certainly would not have stopped a through train at Johnstown for icing that could be done at Altoona or Huntingdon.
Look at the locations of icing stations on the NYC or Erie and you'll likely see a number that is similar in relation to length of the railroads.
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