With the recent announcement of new FA-1/FB-1s from Rapido (it's about time!), I'll want to be prepared for adding the Maybrook freights.
Modeling buddy Mike Clements recently pointed me (back to) Julian Erceg's fantastic site Moving the Freight. Specifically the Traffic Study of Maybrook Freight in 1957.
While it's a fascinating study, I'd recommend reading the whole thing and I'll be pulling more info from it, the initial use I'll get from it is working out a mix of routes.
For example, Maybrook to Hartford traffic in January '57 through Maybrook was routed via:
- Erie 31%
- LHR 34%
- LNE 8%
- O&W 24%
- NYC 2%
Maybrook to Holyoke was:
- Erie 23%
- LHR 55%
- LNE 9%
- O&W 14%
The Wheel Report data also provides great info. Traffic to Hartford in average carloads from:
- Maybrook 58 (44%)
- New York 44 (33%)
- East 16 (12%)
- Cedar Hill 15 (11%)
East would be from Boston as well as CV via New London, etc. The Cedar Hill cars probably include transloaded LCL and cars from locals and industries that route via Cedar Hill.
This will be great information to incorporate into the routing information on waybills, and may also impact the mix of road names represented in these trains.