Operations of Private-owner cars

Aley, Jeff A

Hi Folks,

I have a question about private-owner cars (e.g. leased tank cars) and how they were operated circa 1950.

Let us suppose that Food Machinery & Chemical (FMC) has a factory that produces phosphoric acid.
Let us also suppose that FMC ships the acid to Proctor & Gamble (P&G) for the manufacture of laundry soap.

Would the acid have been shipped in cars leased by FMC, or in cars leased by P&G?

Generically, if a company owned or leased freight cars, would they be used only for outbound shipments, or would they also be used for inbound raw materials?

A secondary example would be the fact that Swift & Co. owned stock cars. How would they have been used? [E.g. Farmer sells his cattle to Swift, so Swift has their car sent to the loading point so that Mr. Farmer can put his stock on the Swift car???]


-Jeff Aley

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