A Service To Meet Competition

NICKEL PLATE initiated piggy-back service - the transporting of truck trailers on flat cars on July 12. On our first movement, a Cleveland shipper began loading a trailer at his plant at one o'clock in the afternoon. By 10:55 the following morning the shipment was completely unloaded at the consignee's warehouse on the west side of Chicago.

This new all-weather service has placed our Road in a position to win back from the trucks some of the freight that years ago moved by rail.

To the general public, the service also offers hope that, in time, the railroads may help remove some of the massive freight trucks from the congested public highways.

Rates Identical with Motor Carriers

Our service is now in operation between Chicago and Cleveland and between Chicago and New York, using the Lackawanna and Lehigh Valley routes east of Buffalo. The rates for the new rail-trailer service are identical with those common motor carriers charge for transporting freight between these same points.

Also we are studying traffic moving between New York and St. Louis, Cleveland and St. Louis, Buffalo and St. Louis, Buffalo and Chicago, Cleveland and New York and between other cities to determine the feasibility of enlarging this service.

Since the 1930s, our Road has repeatedly improved its service, equipment and methods of operation. We have made rate reductions and new types of rate adjustments in an effort to improve our competitive position with respect to the trucks. However, until now, we have been at a disadvantage.

Offers Door-To-Door Delivery

The trailer on flat car arrangement used in piggy-back service is an operational method designed to place us in a stronger competitive position with the trucks by offering shippers and consignees door-to-door service at rates and with minimum weights similar to those offered by common motor carriers.

On commodities that move in volume, truck rates usually are the same as railroad rates.

Nickel Plate trailers are secured on specially-equipped flat cars at Broadway
freight house, Cleveland, by Carman H. J. Stachura (left) and Mike Yurik.


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