Re: Freight Car Distribution on smaller RRs


water.kresse@...
 

Aren't you kind of naturally biased towards who you are connect with?  If you were a regular cross-country route road you would probably be a bigger road?   Smaller roads generally service local businesses like automobile plants and their suppliers, or a bunch of orchards and processing plants, or few coal mines all needing to get their product to th coal docks (example: the Hocking Valley) or a few logging mills back up in some valley up in beautiful nowhere land.



Al Kresse

----- Original Message -----
From: "Allen Rueter" <allen_282@yahoo.com>
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:22:43 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Freight Car Distribution on smaller RRs

Jim,
   As far as the SP&S goes, GN & NP (both being owners) were to supply cars, which they did.
So there is a bias to owners cars, But they always wanted more...    

 --
Allen Rueter
StLouis MO




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From: Jim Betz <jimbetz@jimbetz.com>
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 8:06:41 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Freight Car Distribution on smaller RRs


I been hearing about - and using - the "recommended percentages" for
freight cars for quite some time.  I don't know why I never thought about
this before but my attention just got drawn to a fairly small RR and I
am wondering about what happened on those kinds of operations.
For instance, let's say that the RR in question is a small regional such
as the SP&S or the Sacramento Northern (before they were so totally absorbed
into their parent company/companies) .  It seems possible to me that their
"home road percentages" were probably often (always?) significantly
different from what you would see on the larger RRs.  It wouldn't
surprise me at to see that some of their trains - even the longer ones -
would not have -any- home road cars in them.

So was this the case?  Are there recommended "home road percentages"
for RRs of this type?  Or did the "return in the general direction of
the home road" practice actually work just as well for small RRs as
it did for the big ones.  Another way to ask this question is ... if
the RR in question is a small RR then does it still have the same
general percentage of home road cars on line at any one point in time?
- Jim
    


      

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