Last couple of posts, I shared some vignettes or scenes that evoke special memories that I may seek to at least partially evoke through modelling in the future (somehow). This post will share a few more.
Lots of carload traffic and small scale shipping!
I really miss seeing a car or two spotted next to warehouses and factories across the landscape. You can still find some of this across the country, but Class I railroads have really tried to minimize this form of traffic. Many short lines and regional railroads still embrace smaller shippers and offer an opportunity to see this type of traffic.
ICG #920251 holds a load of tires and other items. A single car that will be spotted somewhere cruising through a freight yard in Houston.
At one time, tracks were almost everywhere in urban settings. It was great seeing tracks weave around urban settings with numerous businesses receiving a box car or two. If you study the 1980 scene of Dallas above, you can see tracks in the distance and a single Southern boxcar spotted for unloading.
These scenes were so common, that I failed to note their significance and deliberately record them.
Here is a perfect example. When I recorded this scene in Ashdown, AR in 1978, I failed to take a picture of a Detroit, Toledo and Ironton boxcar (of all things) spotted at the business to the right.
You can still find a little of this type of traffic on Class I railroads such as the post I wrote last year on one of my favorite spurs in Texas. Not all my rail memories are from the late 1970s!
I now look back and realize how special these scenes of 40-foot boxcars are. This was the closing days of forty footers across the nation. Within five years, catching a 40-foot boxcar would be very rare. Wish I’d known that when I was out there taking pictures. I did manage to catch a few of them.
The initial picture in the post above (BN and L&N forty footers) also illustrates the beloved 40 footer.
Next post will focus on team tracks and diversity of road names.