A&Y Dave in MD
The AAR was almost funny. The Southern had one of the larger gondola fleets in the US, especially relative to its size (obviously nothing like the Pennsy). I guess Faricy figured if a road had so many, it wouldn't mind adding a few more.
I'm curious since I've been reading about ATSF gondolas designed for both gravel and other loads (with drop doors) and for mill materials also (with drop ends). Didn't the AAR think to consider the types of gons used by Southern customers vs others? That's hinted at in the letter about 10% having to be returned empty (other than low side gons). I wonder also if that rule had anything to do with the fact that the Southern obtained a lot of low side gons? A lot of people who I have talked to think it was due to the surplus of cheap manual labor in the southeast and so low side fixed gons for gravel, sand, etc, would be cheaper and easier to unload than high side gons. It's a plausible theory, but here's a hint that there may be more to the story.
Interesting bit of correspondence.
Sunday, May 31, 2020, 9:56:33 AM, you wrote:
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