Re: Freight car distribution

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Dennis Storzek wrote:
This seems to be the hardest thing for modelers to grasp; that there was a significant portion of the rail shippers who DID NOT want fast service. They routed their rollers via the sloooow route, with many stops and poor connections. It gave them more time to sell the load, therefore they could start trying to sell it in the west, and work eastward as the car passed different diversion points. If the car zigzagged all over the country before they finally found a buyer in NYC, or Naples FL, they didn't care . . .
Were these diversions unlimited? PFE provided up to three of them for free, after that the shipper paid for each one. But that's perishables, and the "imperishables" may be different.

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