Re: interchange (Perishable Connections)

railwayman <stevelucas3@...>

The hottest train on the Canada Division of the NYC was NY-4. AFAIK, it ran Chicago-Elkhart-Jackson-Detroit-St. Thomas-Niagara Falls, NY, then on the Falls Road Line to Rochester, joining the "Water Level Route" to New York City for the rest of its trip.

In using this routing, NYC saved substantial time and delay by not going through Cleveland and Toledo, not to mention Buffalo. Travel times for trains like NY-4 were cited as being up to eight hours quicker through Canada. NY-4 was cited as being comprised of ATSF reefers and NYC stock cars.

Steve Lucas.

--- In STMFC@..., "switchengines" <jrs060@...> wrote:

Tom, and Brian, you both are no doubt correct about some of the meat going
to the NYC. The figures that I had seen from a presentation that Jim Singer did
at Naperville a few years ago confirmed that NYC got a huge portion of the
perishable traffic to the east. And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense,
it's a good connections, with fast routing to the population centers of the east,
and with many consignees served by NYC railroad itself, this is all perfectly
MC (NYC) handled it's hot perishable traffic through Canada to Buffalo. With
MC having hot connecting trains off the IHB, at Blue Island, and out of Joliet, off
the Santa Fe, to handle the traffic. Many great photos exist to show how big this
interchange was, and how it worked. What amazes me is how many Santa Fe
modelers have no clue as to how this worked in the Chicago area. All one really
has to do is look at the photos, and talk with some of the IHB/NYC retired rail-
roaders. They can easily identify the trains origin by the cars, lots of PFE's and
meat reefers, a Blue Island connection, SFRD's, a Joliet connection.
What a lot of this boils down to is very simple, the shipper has the right to
route his freight as he sees fit. Many reasons may exist to influence his choice,
rates, connecting times, train schedules, and the railroad serving the consignee
at destination, are but a few. Now it's easy to understand that a large packing
house would easily be turning out loads for many of it's branch houses in the
population centers, most of the traffic is moving to the east. Now, of course you
are going to get different routes to the destinations cities-----and yes, some of
them may even be going to the Pennsy.

Happiness, Jerry Stewart

Woodstock, Illinois

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