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Need some help guys..
« on: June 23, 2007, 10:26:56 AM »
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I have the Walthers Water Street Freight House on my layout. Since LCL was pretty much deadd  in 1985, what would be a good business to operate out of it that would receive one boxcar a week? I have an Ag dealer and lumber yard already so that shoots those down. What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2007, 10:59:04 AM »
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Two that come to mind from my local area in the late 70's and early 80's that had their own siding and 1 or 2 cars per week service were a plumbing supply co. and a pool & patio supplies dealer

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007, 10:59:33 AM »
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any sort of distributor.  auto parts, beverages, etc.  there's a neat place on the Hillsboro Branch of the (former) B&M that gets a couple Southern Pacific boxcars each week of wine.  They are the primary distributor to the New Hampshire Liquor Stores.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007, 11:19:57 AM »
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How about a brick yard?  Boxcars, small warehouse, lots of stacks of bricks outside...
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007, 01:40:33 PM »
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Many of the freight houses in larger cities were taken over by the carloading companies like Universal Carloading & Distributing, Acme Fast Freight, Republic Carloading, Lifschultz Fast Freight, Clipper Carloading, etc. They would load several cars daily. Water Street is a fair sized city freight house. They were at the end of their era by the mid-1980's but they were still in business, AFAIK.

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007, 03:28:34 PM »
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The old Western Maryland freight house in York PA, at least the wooden freight shed component, seems to be used to store fertilizer (seems to be real manure by the odor) which is delivered via covered hopper.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007, 03:59:08 PM »
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Thanks for the ideas guys, the wheels are turning now...
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007, 04:26:38 PM »
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Let me know what you come up with, I could easily be in the same situation.

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2007, 04:42:52 PM »
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There's a transport company in Kitchener, ON near me that operates what basically amounts to a large freight shed operation unloading boxcars into trucks.

There's also a Challenger warehouse somewhere in Kitchener with a rail spur. I knew a guy who worked there who sent me a photo of a boxcar that they derailed there due to ice buildup.

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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2007, 05:03:08 PM »
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How about a software developer? Could bring in boxcar loads of Cheese Doodles and Soda  ;D
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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2007, 05:06:40 PM »
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Furniture manufacturer .

Hot water heater company .

Fish tank manufacturer .

Picture frame company .

Ice skate manufacturer .
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2007, 05:16:13 PM »
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Ball bearing manufacturer, small engine manufacturer (as in lawn mowers) or furniture maker.

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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2007, 06:22:36 PM »
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Box Cars of newsprint (huge rolls) were delivered to the Erie frt hse in Warren, O for delivery to the local newspaper (the Tribune Chronicle) printing plant.  Same situation in Akron, O for the Beacon Journal.  In both cases, I believe, the printing plant was almost across the street from the frt hse.

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Re: Need some help guys..
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2007, 06:26:36 PM »
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I think any kind of supply/parts manufacture company (car, farm equipment, heavy machinery) could work.

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Re: Need some help guys..
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2007, 06:26:42 PM »
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I think we have a winner. I was thinking that and was wondering if it was ever done in 1/1. Thanks Steve and thanks to all you guys for the suggestions..
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