It should be clear by now that I enjoy researching the railroad probably as much as I enjoy modeling it. For me it's not just about uncovering information, but also understanding it. Putting together the pieces to get a better picture of the whole. It's much like solving mysteries.
Since historical information is sometimes sparse, and I'm not modeling a road that I can just go down and watch or ask people who are currently on the job, I (we) often have to try to fill in the blanks with what I do have. There are people who do still remember the period I model, and their information is another piece of the puzzle, along with photos, paperwork, and other physical documentation.
Sometimes, though, I have to make guesses, and later or other information may not support those. As more information is uncovered, I can see if that supports or refutes prior theories. My recent post on yard operations is a perfect example of that, where I interpreted the evidence one way, and have received some great insight from others, along with getting some more source material to work from.
So here's some thoughts on another subject, I welcome more input!
Freight House Traffic
I have ribbed Chris about how the Rocky Hill and Wethersfield freight houses don't receive cars by rail. We have evidence too, from first hand accounts (I'm pretty sure that John Wallace has commented on it), plus documentation in the form of the Freight Train and Package Car Schedules that not only don't list either freight house as originating or receiving traffic, but are identified as being served by truck.
As another example, Thompsonville is also not listed as originating/receiving freight at the freight house and being served by truck. a quick look at what I have right at hand and this is the case at least as far back as 1947.
So how to explain these photos I recently posted, courtesy of George Ford?