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Loading foreign cars first
Chet French <cfrench@...>
On the Wabash's Streator branch, the railroad serviced the Honegger
feed mill at Fairbury, IL. The traffic generated was mostly outbound
box cars loads of bagged feed with a few cars of bulk feed, also in
box cars. The mill was also served by the TP&W. In January 1955,
the following loads were pulled by the Wabash.
1-04 1-13 1-22
NP 15027 FWD 7534 CBQ 15791
UP 197998 GN 48165
IC 33925 MP 32863 1-25
CBQ 32740 FWD 7509 NYC 104257
WAB 84387 CEI 65119 MSTL 56706
1-05 1-14 1-26
NP 11044 MP 85163 CNW 105870
SP 97243 AA 1075 NKP 17221
SAL 24885 GA 19643 ATSF 146685
GMO 8842 SOU 10074
1-06 RI 30096
TP 41384 1-15 PRR 71528
CNW 6384 LV 62363 P&E 3978
RI 146554 BO 265021
ATSF 136510 1-27
MILW 33707 1-18 ATSF 141708
NP 14430 CBQ 36458
1-07 GMO 20235 CEI 65451
CBQ 16352 SOU 20327 MKT 91901
IC 31954 ATSF 138800 SOU 25538
SOOL 135342 MP 32322
SAL 14005 CBQ 18019 1-28
SLSF 17121 NW 53164 NYC 102807
1-08 1-19 IC 29027
CBQ 16034 ATSF 210957 ATSF 274666
ATSF 30977 CBQ 11257 BO 278276
SSW 33636 NP 28178
ACL 22111 WAB 82916 1-29
ERIE 82454 PRR 57026 WP 21124
IGN 19176 DH 17294
1-11 WAB 83336 NH 35694
ATSF 211823 BO 277554
EJE 61332 1-20 WAB 89226
CBQ 35825 UP 184971
1-12 TNO 55104
MILW 25757 1-21
CNW 6984 RI 24112
CMO 37638 IC 28861
CRP 23167 WP 20208
A total of 90 loads were pulled from Honeggers during the month,
which included 85 foreign cars and 5 home cars. Eleven CBQ and FWD
cars and eight ATSF cars, which were probably destined for the Q's
and Santa Fe's interchange tracks at Streator, appeared to have been
captured for loading.
Another large generator of box car traffic on the Streator branch was
the Smith-Douglass fertilizer plant at Streator. During the month of
January, 1955, 33 foreign and 30 Wabash box cars were loaded there.
Streator Brick Co. also loaded brick into box cars at Streator, but
the home road's S/S auto cars and S/S box cars with 6' door openings
were the main cars used.
Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
Chet French listed the 90 boxcars loaded by the Honegger Feed Mill on the WABASH's Streator Branch at Fairbury IL between January 4th and 29th, 1955. The table below breaks down the ownership of these 90 boxcars into ICC Regions which are then compared to the percentages each road owned on 12/31/1954 of the national boxcar fleet.
Region Reported % Rptd. % Nat'l 90 Cars x % Nat'l
WABASH 5 5.6% 1.8% 2
New England 1 1.1% 2.4% 2
Great Lakes 10 11.1% 18.0% 16
Central East 7 7.8% 16.5% 15
Pocahantas 1 1.1% 4.4% 4
Southern 15 16.7% 13.7% 12
Northwest 15 16.7% 15.4% 14
Central West 27 30.0% 20.8% 19
Southwest 9 10.0% 8.8% 8
Total 90 100.0% 100.0% 90
Chet French concluded:
A total of 90 loads were pulled from Honeggers during the month,Rather than speculating where the loads were dispatched, let's ask the question from where did the supply of empties come.
From Chet's introduction, Honegger gathered grain locally, applied their witch's brew to that grain, and sold it as grain. From the table above, the Southern and Western Regions supplied more than their "fair" share (66 of the 90 boxcars above vs. 53 if the supply of empties was made proportionately to what the roads owned at 12/31/1954).
1954 was a Recession Year while 1955 was a year of Recovery. Accordingly, as the economy picked up, the boxcars which had been returned to their home roads because of the lack of loads during Recession began to be loaded. The percentage of boxcar loadings jumped for a short while because there were not enough foreign empties around for loading.
Using this reasoning, we can assume that the majority of boxcar loads which the WABASH received on the Streator Branch came from the south & west if unloaded boxcars on the Streator Branch were the sole source of empties for Honegger.
Another source of empty boxcars would be if the WABASH plucked them off westbound through trains on their main lines, and routed the empties to the Streator Branch for loading. In this case, the supply of western boxcars should be more because any empty eastern boxcars would have interchanged earlier in order to avoid unnecessary per diem charges.
So perhaps we should ask Chet if he has any inbound information about what boxcars were received on the Streator Branch.
Returning to where the Honegger loads went, I would think that most of them went east as was the case with the soybean meal from the Swift Plant in Frankfort IN as per the data Bill Darnaby supplied the Group last October, but I am no farm boy to know for certain.
Chet French <cfrench@...>
Thanks for breaking the cars down by region. I did check the inbound
information that was available and found that the following outbound
loaded cars had arrived as inbound loads to Honeggers. Loads
included meal, feed, oilmeal, and one car of pallets.
TP 41384 RI 24112
RI 146554 IC 22861
SOOL 135342 CNW 77900
ERIE 82454 CNW 105870
FWD 7534 NKP 17221
GN 48165 RI 30096
MP 32863 NYC 102807
CEI 65119 NH 35694
A total of 16 foreign cars.
I could only find four of the outbound cars that were placed as mtys.
WAB 82916, PRR 570269, WAB 83336, and UP 184971.
This leaves 70 cars that do not show a record of being placed by the
Wabash. The WABASH also interchanged mty box cars to the TP&W at
either Forrest or Honeggers, for the TP&W's westbound local, Train
25, to place in the mill for loading. I am not sure if I have the
interchange information for January 1955.
An additional 20 or more loaded box cars were also placed at
Honeggers, by the WABASH, that did not return to the WABASH. Perhaps
cars placed by the WABASH and TP&W could be loaded or released mty to
The outbound loads mainly show offline junctions with perhaps a few
cars that moved to a final destination for unloading on the WABASH.
Also one car for Tony T. PFE 10000, R-40-26, car of spuds for
Streator on 1-10-55. Number kinda stuck out on a set-out list.
--- In STMFC@..., Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...> wrote:
the WABASH's Streator Branch at Fairbury IL between January 4th andeach
road owned on 12/31/1954 of the national boxcar fleet.FWD
beencars and eight ATSF cars, which were probably destined for the Q's
thecaptured for loading.Rather than speculating where the loads were dispatched, let's ask
question from where did the supply of empties come.table
above, the Southern and Western Regions supplied more thantheir "fair"
share (66 of the 90 boxcars above vs. 53 if the supply of emptieswas
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what boxcars were received on the Streator Branch.of
them went east as was the case with the soybean meal from the SwiftGroup
last October, but I am no farm boy to know for certain.
David Smith <dsmith@...>
Before you go too crazy trying to explain each deviation from thetoggle quoted message Show quoted text
national average, consider the statistical sampling issues. 90 cars out
of half a million is not a statistically valid sample and would be
expected to deviate significantly from the national averages. If you
flip 10 coins, sometimes you get 7 or 8 heads, sometimes you get 3 or
4, occasionally, you even get 10 or 0. Sometimes the bag has lots of
green M&Ms, sometimes, not so many, it's the same thing. Given the
statistics, it is astonishing that these numbers are so close, not that
they are different.
David L. Smith, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
Da Vinci Discovery Center, Allentown, PA
"Who will pick up where Leonardo left off?"
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