Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
Montford Switzer wrote:
Mike:About the same time in the Spring of 1947 when Pullman-Standard built MONON boxcars #1-500 at their Michigan City plant, the B&M had 500 40' boxcars built there, too. Rather than accepting delivery on the B&M, the railroad opted to accept them in Michigan City, and they were sent to sundry locations around Chicago for their first loads.
B&M's #74000-74499 series were clearly intended to serve as B&M's contribution to the national boxcar pool; they had been fined by the ICC in March 1947 for failing to deliver the specified number of empty boxcars to the NYC and CP as they had been ordered to by the AAR's Car Service Bureau.
I suspect that the MONON bought the #1-500 series for the same reason as the B&M albeit without the kick of an AAR Car Order. The MONON like the B&M could get by reloading empty foreign boxcars. The difference between the MONON and the B&M was the access to Michigan City plus John Barringer's PR awareness.