Re: NYC box car that went far...
Hi Ross, that's not an area I know much about yet. Have you found a source that demonstrates the movement of empty USA cars into Canada for lumber loading? To what era does it apply?
I don't have any trouble accepting the idea, for example, that the GN in southern B.C. sent ore cars north to serve a GN serviced mine. But I have not seen any clear explanation of how a US carrier could send its empty cars north from the USA to, for example, a west coast lumber mill port served by car ferry or barge. To achieve that, they would be sending the empty car a lot of miles over other people's railways and railroads all to secure the load. And potentially incurring customs fees too. Then the fees for sending it to a customer would not necessarily see the car travel over the railway's own track - especially if the route involved re-directing cars to new consignees as it went.
I can, on the other hand, see a railway negotiating with customers who wanted to move lumber to their on-line site trying to negotiate the routing with the customer and supplying a car order and waybill to the railway that was near where the load was to be picked up. But I suspect that is where their control might end, and the cars supplied by the nearest carrier would be what they had on hand. In BC that would often be Canadian railway cars until at least WWII (when things changed for a time) and some years after.
I'd be happy to be shown how this misunderstands the economic factors, the on-the-ground happenings an the tariff walls etc. But I've not seen anything directly on the subject before.
Your comments on bonded and sealed cars moving through Canada east and west did remind me of the answer for the short cut traffic through Southern Ont., thanks!
From: "Ross McLeod" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] NYC box car that went far...