I agree and in playing with the sheet ordered the fleet by column E (boxcars) and compared each road's numbers to total boxcars. Try it - you'll be amazed at the results.
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--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:
Are we doing all of this AGAIN?
The "population tables" are most useful for figuring out the proper
mix of box cars and reefers on class 1 railroad mainlines, excepting
whatever "home road" is being modeled.
The tables should not include coal hoppers, or gondolas used mostly
for coal, sand, and gravel.
I think the above is consistent with Tim Gilbert's studies of freight
car distribution in the immediate postwar era.
Mike, I can't agree with your statement. If I model the C&O in West
Virginia, I may have a few N&W or PRR or B&O hoppers, but not many at
all, and vastly outnumbered by C&O hoppers. Unlike the box cars which
roamed freely and more or less "randomly" (per Gilbert), hoppers (in
general) moved less freely.
Being one who models west of the Mississippi, I concor with Richard's point.
However, for those modeling east of that river, hoppers play a significant
role...even more than that in the Appalachian region running from Alabama
into New England. If one models just about any RR in that area, one will
need many N&W, WM, L&N, B&O, C&O, Pennsy, and even NYC hoppers. So, the rule
for determining frt car population changes when one changes location.