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I'm not sure.
On 10/16/2018 2:27 PM, George
Jack and Dick:
Dick: Do you remember if your shipments went out on
the PRR or B&O?
I have always known about package cars but did not
realize how significant the business was. I am not clear on the
distinction between “package cars” and “LCL” traffic. Package
cars originated and terminated at company freight houses, where
LCL could (Pls correct me somebody if I’m wrong) be loaded at
more than one location for shippers and receivers that had less
than carload shipments.
Package cars could make intermediate stops. It was
apparently up to the train crew to load and unload shipments
along line of road. Some of the local locations were not much
more than bus stop (“wait shed”) with a closet. Gurnee Jct, AL
(attached) was basically just the “closet”. (I was “working” (as
much as a forth grader could) on the Baltimore and Annapolis one
day about 1955 when we stopped at the depot in Glen Burnie. The
crew opened the door on a B&O box car, the freight room
depot door, set a bridge plate between the doors and unloaded a
new refrigerator for a local store….”LCL” B&A style.)
Another thing I do not really understand (there are
many) is the relationship between package cars and REA. I
realize they were separate operations, REA being passenger train
oriented but I have seen minor references to shipments being
transferred between the two.