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  • Piggy-back, A Service to Meet Competition - Page 4
    arranged varied materials had to be bought and cars had to be adapted For instance in the Mechanical Department the personnel had to prepare the flat cars to transport trailers The engineering group initially decided to follow the pattern used by several western railroads Prints of their methods of attachments were obtained Jacks to support the trailers on the flatcars tie down turnbuckles and special castings were ordered Some special parts were fabricated in the Road s shops at Ironville and the cars were equipped at Conneaut After the Road equipped the six cars improvements were made on the plans All wood was removed from the superstructure and rivets and welds were used to secure the side rub rails and the hold downs This simplified installation and also maintenance since the new pieces would not deteriorate as rapidly as wooden parts Even thought the first test runs showed that the tie down arrangements were suitable for handling trailers under practically any conditions of railroad service more improvements now have been developed They will be used on succeeding cars The photographs at the left show the appliances and methods used to secure the trailers on the flatcars for piggy back service

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  • February-March 1955 Front Cover
    West bound Nickel Plate high speed freight train passes through west part of Lakewood Ohio

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  • Pioneering ... 1955 Style - Page 1
    unloading Eliminate need for individual wrapping of coils Eliminate need for blocking and dunnage Minimize damage Based on suggestions of many Nickel Platers the special equipped cars were designed at home on the kitchen table by Robert Schey general superintendent of the NKP Car Department The gondolas have a load capacity of about 140 000 pounds the equivalent of three truck loads Each car can handle a half dozen six

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  • Pioneering ... 1955 Style - Page 2
    East to buy 32 foot trailers The units carry larger shipments and also give shippers greater space in which to make minimum weights The Road recently has ordered 10 additional trailers Some will have open tops to permit loading and unloading by cranes others will have side doors as well as rear doors to reduce time and expense in loading and unloading in narrow alleys and others will be insulated to handle commodities that require protection against extreme temperatures in winter and summer Last year the Road also built at its Frankfort shops a 500 000 pound capacity flat car twice the capacity of the largest car previously in the NKP fleet The heavy duty car enables manufacturers of heavy machinery to complete or more nearly complete assembly of equipment before shipment To the shipper this car means savings in time and expense The Road also placed in service a heavy duty flat car of 270 000 pound load carrying capacity and a heavy duty depressed center car of 250 000 pound ca pacity These cars are designed for moving high commodities such as transformers to reduce the center of gravity and to permit clearance under railway and highway bridges

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  • February-March 1956 Front Cover
    dwarfs the Nickel Plate train in the picture on our cover recently was placed in operation by the Hanna Coal Company in the open cut mines near Georgetown Ohio The Mountaineer as it is called is the world s largest

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  • Piggybacking Through 23 States
    Baltimore and areas as far west as Minneapolis St Paul and Denver and southwest into Oklahoma Arkansas Texas and Louisiana To date 37 different commodities have moved piggy back including such varied items as canned fruit and vegetables sugar coffee chemicals medicines paint roofing materials floor coverings cigarettes soaps and detergents toys electrical equipment candy cotton products paper products magazines animal foods and iron and steel products Continually the Road has been studying the needs of shippers and receivers to learn where additional routes are wanted the types of equipment required and the schedules desired Piggy back service has placed our Road in a position to win back from the trucks some of the freight that years ago moved by rail July 12 1954 was a memorable date in Nickel Plate history That afternoon a sleek new blue and white NKP trailer backed up to the loading ramp of an east side Cleveland industry to accept the Road s first piggy back shipment Early the following morning the load was delivered safely to a warehouse on the west side of Chicago Initially the Road owned only closed van type trailers and operated the service only between Chicago Cleveland and New

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  • Way Back When . . .
    Employee Magazines Home

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  • Bellevue - Hub of the Nickel Plate - Page 1
    the mid point of the new railroad between Buffalo and Chicago It was a division point the site of the Road s largest roundhouse and also of the shops for the railroad Today three quarters of a century later Bellevue is even more important Trains from four divisions the Cleveland and Fort Wayne Divisions of the Nickel Plate District the Sandusky Division of the L E W District and the

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