From: "Ronald" rdukarm AT roadrunner DOT com
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 23:33:51 -0400
Subject: Re: (erielack) 2/5/64 grain rates was BCK mills
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> From the clipping I don't get the sense there was a car shortage like
> there was circa 1973 when Nixon brokered the grain deal with Russia that
> helped to start cracking the iron curtain.
> It reads more like the general industry articles expressing the RR's
> concerns that their expensive new covered hoppers were going to become
> storage bins.
> Frank Mellott
Frank & List,
The next article I came to after your post was about the big grain shipments
to Russia, Feb 17, 1964. Some of my contacts at the Marine Museum stated
that the ships from Europe would go directly to Duluth, load up on grain,
and return to Europe through the Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway. This
new traffic pattern helped kill the grain industry in Buffalo. These
shipments to Russia apparantly helped empty the elevarors in Buffalo, and
perhaps that is why the ICC allowed "Unit" trains to bring moren grain in.
The EL didn't start building their big grain hoppers until 1964, after the
ICC allowed "unit" trains. They built 50 in 1964, 25 in 1965, and 100 in
1966; and 50 in 1967.