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Operations of Private-owner cars


Aley, Jeff A
 

Hi Folks,

I have a question about private-owner cars (e.g. leased tank cars) and how they were operated circa 1950.

Let us suppose that Food Machinery & Chemical (FMC) has a factory that produces phosphoric acid.
Let us also suppose that FMC ships the acid to Proctor & Gamble (P&G) for the manufacture of laundry soap.

Would the acid have been shipped in cars leased by FMC, or in cars leased by P&G?

Generically, if a company owned or leased freight cars, would they be used only for outbound shipments, or would they also be used for inbound raw materials?

A secondary example would be the fact that Swift & Co. owned stock cars. How would they have been used? [E.g. Farmer sells his cattle to Swift, so Swift has their car sent to the loading point so that Mr. Farmer can put his stock on the Swift car???]

Thanks,

-Jeff Aley


gary laakso
 

Normally, a customer will lease cars for a number of years and use them for its needs only. FMC may only have a one time or 2 year contract to supply P&G and the minimum lease term is 10 years. FMC needs to sell its products and it cannot afford to miss a sale because its buyer is not in a position to supply cars. P&G did not go out and lease other tank cars in case a supplier could not otherwise support its sales.

gary laakso
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Subject: [STMFC] Operations of Private-owner cars


Hi Folks,

I have a question about private-owner cars (e.g. leased tank cars) and how they were operated circa 1950.

Let us suppose that Food Machinery & Chemical (FMC) has a factory that produces phosphoric acid.
Let us also suppose that FMC ships the acid to Proctor & Gamble (P&G) for the manufacture of laundry soap.

Would the acid have been shipped in cars leased by FMC, or in cars leased by P&G?

Generically, if a company owned or leased freight cars, would they be used only for outbound shipments, or would they also be used for inbound raw materials?

A secondary example would be the fact that Swift & Co. owned stock cars. How would they have been used? [E.g. Farmer sells his cattle to Swift, so Swift has their car sent to the loading point so that Mr. Farmer can put his stock on the Swift car???]

Thanks,

-Jeff Aley


Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Aley, Jeff A wrote:
Would the acid have been shipped in cars leased by FMC, or in cars leased by P&G?
Yes. (or to be more specific, could be either, but usually it's the shipper.) A company which leases cars can use them as it chooses, but the most obvious reason to guarantee yourself availability of cars is to make outbound shipments in them.
On the Swift cars, I'd guess they were simply a lease fleet. The person who probably knows more on this is Richard Hendrickson, but he's in Scandinavia right now.

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