Re: A Great Decline


I'll suggest a different reason. The SW roads, as you term them,
had bigger clearances and were building bigger cars earlier. The NE
roads had a surfeit of small, old cars. That's an important reason for
the differences in scrapping rates.
Weren't there some pretty big (50+ foot) cars being built out west already
before WW1? I recall reading with some surprise about some surprisingle
massive cars, quite early along.

Frank Valoczy
Vancouver, BC

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