NJI&I to Wabash at Pine - Part 2


Gary Roe
 

Here is another installment of "Daily Interchange Report of Cars" from the NJI&I to the Wabash at Pine in 1953.  The following list is dated 06May53.  It is cars which were left between 11P and midnight for pick up by Westbound Train 89, due at Pine around 9:30A on 07May.  All cars originated at South Bend.  I am showing Initials, Number, Destination, Contents.

gary roe
quincy, illinois


ATSF  141494  Chicago IL          Empty
PRR   475100  Great Falls MT      Tractors
UTLX  78182   Cushing OK          Empty
SP    192877  Armona Ca           *
PLE   22330   Minneapolis MN      Machinery
ACL   51711   Chicago IL          **
Wab   47836   St Louis MO         **
RI    1013    ***                 Autos
Wab   12539   ***                 Autos
Wab   12612   Port Hueneme CA     Autos


*   Looks like "Cabts" - Cabinets?
**  Looks like "House Merchandise"
*** Looks like "Eauon WN"

RI 1013, Wabash 12539, and Wabash 12612 are gondolas.  I am going to assume the loads of autos were in crates for export.


Dennis Storzek
 

On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 12:44 PM, Gary Roe wrote:
ATSF  141494  Chicago IL          Empty
PRR   475100  Great Falls MT      Tractors
UTLX  78182   Cushing OK          Empty
SP    192877  Armona Ca           *
PLE   22330   Minneapolis MN      Machinery
ACL   51711   Chicago IL          **
A great example of how the car service rules were more honored in the breach. ACL to Chicago? P&LE to Minneapolis?? PRR to Montana??? Just goes to show, when the customer needs cars, any cars will do.

 Dennis Storzek


Tony Thompson
 

Dennis Storzek wrote:

A great example of how the car service rules were more honored in the breach. ACL to Chicago? P&LE to Minneapolis?? PRR to Montana??? Just goes to show, when the customer needs cars, any cars will do.

As I always chime in on this topic, the AAR found in surveys around 1950 that barely 2/3 of all loaded car movements were in accord with Car Service Rules. So there were plenty of exceptions -- but the majority of moves DID comply.

Tony Thompson




Andy Laurent
 

Cabts/Cabinets are likely shipments of sewing machine cabinets from Singer in South Bend (the original builder of the NJI&I).  They made these until shuttering the plant in 1955 due to fading supply of local hardwoods. 

Andy L. 
Wisconsin


Tim O'Connor
 


In the case of the PRR car, that's definitely A-Ok under AAR rules.

If the PRR serves region X, then a PRR car in region X can be loaded there for -any- destination.

The ACL car, though... definitely a rule being bent there. :-D

Tim

On 3/18/2021 4:01 PM, Dennis Storzek wrote:
On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 12:44 PM, Gary Roe wrote:
ATSF  141494  Chicago IL          Empty
PRR   475100  Great Falls MT      Tractors
UTLX  78182   Cushing OK          Empty
SP    192877  Armona Ca           *
PLE   22330   Minneapolis MN      Machinery
ACL   51711   Chicago IL          **
A great example of how the car service rules were more honored in the breach. ACL to Chicago? P&LE to Minneapolis?? PRR to Montana??? Just goes to show, when the customer needs cars, any cars will do.

 Dennis Storzek

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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Dennis Storzek
 

On Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 06:33 AM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
In the case of the PRR car, that's definitely A-Ok under AAR rules.

If the PRR serves region X, then a PRR car in region X can be loaded there for -any- destination.

The ACL car, though... definitely a rule being bent there. :-D
I don't actually think any rules were bent to the breaking point... I had to read the Car Service Rules decision tree in the ORER again, and nowhere does it say to deny the shipper a car if the proper car cannot be  "reasonably obtained."  The fact that the NJI&I was an independent railroad probably works in their favor, a six mile shortline is only going to have so many empties available, and I'm not sure the AAR was going to consider requesting cars from connections reasonable. My real reason for pointing this out is nall the folks who insist empty cars always need to be routed toward home; they don't.

Dennis Storzek