DS/SS split, April 1949; SLSF, L&N, SEABOARD


laramielarry <ostresh@...>
 

Hi Folks

Here are the breakdowns of double sheathed, single sheathed and steel
box/auto/ventilator cars, April 1949 and July 1950, for the SLSF,
L&N, and SEABOARD railroads, from ORERs and other sources.


SLSF:

April 1949
SLSF_____%____Number
DS_____7.5%____1,018
SS_____69.5%____9,379
Steel_____22.9%____3,095
Other_____0.0%____0
Known_____100.0%____13,492
Unknown_____0.0%____3
Total_____100.0%____13,495

July 1950
SLSF_____%____Number
DS_____5.7%____745
SS_____70.9%____9,324
Steel_____23.4%____3,078
Other_____0.0%____0
Known_____100.0%____13,147
Unknown_____0.0%____0
Total_____100.0%____13,147

The Frisco reduced its double sheathed fleet by 27% and dropped a few
single sheathed and steel sheathed cars, so that overall it lost
nearly 350 cars from April 1949 to July 1950. At both times, less
than a quarter of its cars were steel; and less than ten percent of
its combined DS/SS fleet was double sheathed.


L&N:

April 1949
L&N_____%____Number
DS_____34.3%____4,670
SS_____17.8%____2,418
Steel_____47.4%____6,456
Other_____0.0%____0
Known_____99.5%____13,544
Unknown_____0.5%____67
Total_____100.0%____13,611

July 1950
L&N_____%____Number
DS_____29.8%____3,794
SS_____19.2%____2,438
Steel_____50.9%____6,477
Other_____0.0%____0
Known_____100.0%____12,709
Unknown_____0.0%____4
Total_____100.0%____12,713

The L&N also reduced its double sheathed fleet, by close to 20%. Its
loss of single sheathed cars was almost exactly matched by its gain
of steel (-20 and +21, respectively). While steal sheathed cars were
a minority in 1949 (47%) they were a slight majority in 1950 (51%).
In both years there were more DS than SS cars (66% in 1949 and 61% in
1950); about 38% of the DS cars were class VA, fruit-vegetable
ventilated box.


SEABOARD:

April 1949
SEABOARD_____%____Number
DS_____23.9%____2,978
SS_____26.7%____3,335
Steel_____49.4%____6,157
Other_____0.0%____0
Known_____100.0%____12,470
Unknown_____0.0%____0
Total_____100.0%____12,470

July 1950
SEABOARD_____%____Number
DS_____23.6%____2,925
SS_____26.7%____3,304
Steel_____49.6%____6,140
Other_____0.0%____0
Known_____100.0%____12,369
Unknown_____0.0%____0
Total_____100.0%____12,369

The Seaboard hardly changed at all from 1949 to 1950, dropping 53,
31, and 17 cars from its DS, SS, and steel fleets, respectively. It
remained roughly 1/4 DS, 1/4 SS, and 1/2 steel in both years. All of
the double sheathed cars were class VM, fruit-vegetable ventilator,
partially insulated.

Best wishes,
Larry Ostresh
Laramie, Wyoming

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