Re: NYC box car that went far...

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

Maybe I'm not getting this exactly right, and I wish Terry Link would tell us
a more complete story, but I'd always been under the impression that many NYC
cars in Canada were due to the use of CASO to enter markets more easily
accessed by that route. I had also been led to understand that CASO was
"obtained" by the NYC for that exact reason. One example I had heard was the
routing of auto parts traffic from NY State and N.E. through so. Ontario via
the CASO to assembly plants in Michigan. There were also auto plants (GM at
a minimum) in Canada that routed traffic both directions. The PRR did not
have any such operation, but photos show decent numbers of Canadian cars on
PRR rails due to the large number of newspapers and other paper users (like
box plants) and lumber distributors served by the PRR.

The actual distribution of cars, which is a frequent topic on this list, may
be somewhat statistically distributed, but the presence of larger than
expected numbers of certain roads' cars on foreign rails is a whole other
subject ripe for detailed study.

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Tim
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] NYC box car that went far...

Wasn't CASO affiliated with the NYC? Could the car have been loaded on CASO
rails in Ontario?

Tim O'Connor

At 10/29/2009 11:18 PM Thursday, you wrote:
"steve l" < <> >
10/29/09 9:27 PM >>>
On the CN main line in Houston, BC, summer 1950.--

Steve Lucas.


Interesting photo, but I'm sorry, there is nothing surprising about
finding a NYC boxcar "far from home". Its late and I'm tired and so I'm
probably cranky, but how often do we have to say this???? Boxcars
basically operated in a national pool... OK, so this car is in Canada
and thus US car numbers would be lower, but since NYC has one of the
largest boxcar fleets in North America, there should be little surprise
that one would show up almost ANYWHERE on contiguous rails. The car is
most likely carrying a shipment from the US to BC, but that shipment
could just have easily originated in Seattle or anywhere else as
somewhere on NYC rails.

Bruce Smith
temporarily and grogily from Naperville Il

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