Automobile cars


Larry Smith
 

The railroads never really lost the automobile business, but they did lose the long haul fully assembled cars. If you look at the automobile business in the 50s, you will find assembly plants all over the country. Most of them within a fairly, for trucks, short haul from their destination. The railroads maintained the 50 foot cars for parts to be shipped to the various plants. I have several B&O car diagrams that explicity state what the cars were used for. I think if you look at the other railroads, you will find the sme thing. The Southern operated a train over the Rathole that was nothing but auto parts being sent from Detroit to the Atlanta assembly plants. It was big business.

Now there are less assembly plants and a lot of cars entering the country on ROROs and the cars are dispatched from large marshalling yards, thus the need for the autoracks.

Larry Smith


rwitt_2000 <rmwitt@...>
 

Not exactly the case based upon the recent article in RMC about the
specially built yard in Bain, Wisconsin on the C&NW for the American
Motors assembly plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It seems to have been
built to utilized the new auto racks for shipment of assembled
automobiles. Plus Kenosha is about as far from either coast as one
can get.

Bob Witt

--- In STMFC@..., Larry Smith <wooddale@b...> wrote:
Now there are less assembly plants and a lot of cars entering the
country on ROROs and the cars are dispatched from large marshalling
yards, thus the need for the autoracks.

Larry Smith


Larry Smith
 

Bob

American Motors was a minor player in the automobile industry as was
Studebaker. They weren't as wide spread as the big three.

rwitt_2000 wrote:

Not exactly the case based upon the recent article in RMC about the
specially built yard in Bain, Wisconsin on the C&NW for the American
Motors assembly plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It seems to have been
built to utilized the new auto racks for shipment of assembled
automobiles. Plus Kenosha is about as far from either coast as one
can get.

Bob Witt

--- In STMFC@..., Larry Smith <wooddale@b...> wrote:


Now there are less assembly plants and a lot of cars entering the
country on ROROs and the cars are dispatched from large marshalling
yards, thus the need for the autoracks.

Larry Smith



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Larry Smith
 

Bob

American Motors was a minor player in the auto industry and if I'm not
mistaken Kenosha was their only assembly plant. So they would have to
find the means to ship assembled cars. You will notice in the article
that the yard was first used to ship car carriers piggyback style before
the introduction the the racks.

Larry Smith

rwitt_2000 wrote:

Not exactly the case based upon the recent article in RMC about the
specially built yard in Bain, Wisconsin on the C&NW for the American
Motors assembly plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It seems to have been
built to utilized the new auto racks for shipment of assembled
automobiles. Plus Kenosha is about as far from either coast as one
can get.

Bob Witt

--- In STMFC@..., Larry Smith <wooddale@b...> wrote:


Now there are less assembly plants and a lot of cars entering the
country on ROROs and the cars are dispatched from large marshalling
yards, thus the need for the autoracks.

Larry Smith



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