Anthony Thompson wrote:
Dave Nelson wrote:Tony replies:When you boil out all of the bureaucratic out of the above, what's
Not exactly, Dave. First of all, SP was required to SOLICIT
ICC said that rates and service could not be less on alternative routes.
And the ICC did not allow the D&RGW to equalize their rates on anything
eastbound until the late 50's / early 60's. So yes, a shipper could specify
CP/DRGW/whatever to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland etc., but he'd pay more for
the choice and it would probably take longer. Would you, as the company
shipping manager, always make that choice? Would a large number of peers
also do that?
That asked, I will note that by far and away the most common commodity the
SP gave to the DRGW in Odgen was lumber. Rollers perhaps? Not knowing
where the destination was does give SP an out as far as a CP:UP routing was
Q: WRT the SP choosing to send a car from Oakland to Chicago via the Sunset
route, how would SP demonstrate they had first actively solicited the
traffic to go CP:UP before filling the blanks to head south instead? Agents
word for it? Check box on the bill of lading? Hoping UP wouldn't notice?
Or just sending it CP:UP and not getting into trouble?
... moreover, any foreigns SP hadYes, that is true, but if one assumes foreign cars on the SP were evenly
distributed, but that SP home road cars were present in numbers well in
excess of the SP's contribution to the national fleet, the appearance of
those foreign road cars would have no effect when seen in on Mike Brock's
layout. But as SP cars loaded at the same plant are done from a pool of
home road cars, a pool which may 4, 5, 6 times larger than SP's contribution
to the national fleet. If they were obligated to send them to Odgen -- or
even just biased towards sending them to Ogden, the SP home road pool would
then show up in wheel reports as more than expected, simply because their
pool was 4, 5, 6 times larger, and Mike would complain for several years
about seeing them in a video tape.
I it is safe to assume SP cars were seen in greter than expected numbers
east of Odgen because of the ICC ruling. But by how many is a question that
cannot be answered w/o (1) knowing to what extent did loadings originating
in Central California, destined to the regions outlined by the ICC, did not
go the Overland Route. Was it 5%? 30? 85%? And (2) were the number of
home road boxcars in Central Califonia roughly equal to any other SP region?
I dunno because I don't have any of that data.