Re: Freight car Distribution - Larry Kline

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Bruce Smith wrote:
In addition, as you know, those automobile cars that were not in assigned service (and even some captured from that service) could be used for a variety of other cargos. Among those might be furniture and many other cargos that would benefit from a larger door opening . . .
Finished (as opposed to rough) lumber was commonly shipped in double-door box cars, which until 1954 were defined by AAR as being "automobile" cars. SP typically bought around half of each order of double-door boxes in the transition era without loaders, for use in general service, primarily lumber. There exist SP memos on the need to capture empty double-door boxes throughout the system, including T&NO, for movement to Oregon to handle lumber traffic. So let's not view these as JUST auto and furniture cars.

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