Re: ET&WNC artifact
Might look nice at Spencer sitting there with Combine #15 though.......toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
email@example.com wrote: It is very nice to read that people are excited about preserving an ET&WNC artifact. I do think I should point out some things however. All from Volume 5, so grab your copy.
The ET&WNC was one of the first railroads to actually carry truck trailers on railroad cars. A book I have seen, but did not buy, on piggybacking, says the first railroad to do it Grand Trunk Western?, started the practice mere months before the ET did it. Thus they were certainly the first narrow gauge to do so.
Operations on the ET were for only about 16 months (from memory, I don't have a copy of volume 5 in front of me), andthe number of trailers carried were never that large.
In the main they carried the standard 24' trailer. No. 900 was built to carry 28' trailers. see the pictures to see the difference in size. The trucking company kept track of the number of miles of rr miles per month, for they were charged by the mile.
What I would like to point out is that the number of rail miles was less than 1 tenth of one percent the highway miles each month. The comparison numbers are staggering, and this is 1936.
And lets admit it, I think we are interested in this trailer mostly because it looks like a photo in Tweetsie Country. I can categorically state that the trucking company had hundreds, if not over a thousand trailers while the RR was hauling one or two a day. The odds of this trailer, even if it is old enough to have, ever being carried over the railroad are probably astronomical.
Now it is great that one of the old trailers is still around. But we have had this discussion before. Most people are on this list because they are interested in the railroad, not the trucking company. Far less interest in trucks.
As far as the value. It would be an uphill battle to convince a museum that this trailer was carried piggyback on the narrow gauge. That would probably be the only hook that would interest them at all.
Mike Hardin might buy it, and I would welcome him preserving it. I just cannot see a museum being all that interested.
Just my two cents worth.
From: Lee Bishop <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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