locked Re: Southern Railway Freight Car Mix in mid 1950s
A&Y Dave in MD
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My conductor logs were from the Winston-Salem division in 1934 and centered on Greensbor0. I didn't offer this because Allen was looking for 1955 data.
The logs represent a large number (200+) unique trains, with 160 representing trains 72/73 with a Mikado pulling 30-60 cars of through traffic from Greensboro (Pomona Yard) to Winston-Salem (for the N&W) and back, and the other 40 representing 13/14 a mixed local from Greensboro to North Wilkesboro.
The % in the entire database was about 50% Southern cars.
Here is the simplest table I created for reporting marks numbering 50+ in the data set covering Jan-Sep 1934:
Note these cars for 10 reporting marks, total 5,929 and the whole dataset covers 7,147 cars with 445 reporting unique marks. So there are 430 reporting marks spread among 1,200 cars not counted above! My thoughts are pretty simple: build more Southern box cars than I think necessary, follow that up with Southern and N&W hoppers. Add Southern gons (and N&W gons probably labeled 'coal cars' here. If you need tank cars, choose UTLX or TCX. Throw in a couple ACL, SAL, C&O, B&O and PRR box cars. And then fill out a train with a car or two of whatever road you happen to have.
But I still agree that the cautions are numerous. This is a specific time and a specific place. Your mileage will most definitely vary. Photos will help (and believe me there are a TON of photos of Southern freight trains in the 50s compared to the 30's so no bellyaching. :-)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 5:16:37 PM, you wrote:
On Wed, 27 May 2020, 13:39 Allen Cain, <Allencaintn@...> wrote:
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