Re: Freight car Distribution - Larry Kline

Aley, Jeff A


Well, they are furniture cars - they just haul "very rough" furniture :) :)



From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Anthony Thompson
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:38 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Freight car Distribution - Larry Kline

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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