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firstbelt
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« on: Jan 29th, 2015, 8:41pm »
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On Penn Central westbound freight in 1974, Early Bird boxcar, followed by a NYC covered hopper.

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 21st, 2015, 2:08pm »
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A closeup of the herald on another Early Bird car, on the interchange with the B&O in Rochester, NY.

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 25th, 2015, 12:32pm »
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Great find.  
 
 
As a PC Modeler I am happy to see one or maybe more of these cars made it into the PC


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« Reply #3 on: Feb 25th, 2015, 6:08pm »
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Very cool, I never knew that slogan or logo existed.

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 25th, 2015, 7:29pm »
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Also the first time ive seen the Early Bird logo on something other then a single door 40' box car

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This herald (not a "logo", as pointed out to me by the late, great Jim Boyd), is near and dear to me, not because of any ties I have to the NYC, but because when I first got into HO scale model railroading back in 1983, an Athearn 50ft boxcar with this herald was one of my first! Along with my B&O Sentinel and Time Saver cars, these were my first foray into "flashy" paint schemes on freight cars.

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Here's another shot, but of the real thing

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 5th, 2016, 11:33am »
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Like most LCL and Express services, the railroads promoted it, and the NYC was no different.......I was never really a fan of the "Pacemaker" cars, which was actually an LCL service, as opposed to "Early Bird" service, which was more a marketing service.

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I guess the bird really IS the word!

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 5th, 2016, 2:53pm »
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on Apr 5th, 2016, 11:33am, Raritan Clunker wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Like most LCL and Express services, the railroads promoted it, and the NYC was no different.......I was never really a fan of the "Pacemaker" cars,  
which was actually an LCL service, as opposed to "Early Bird" service, which was more a marketing service.

R.C. - Parties Of Record - Lodge Members -  
 
Perhaps your writer missed it, but where the publication date of the "Early Bird" services folder? From those of us who were in  
the sales trenches, belated field reports in order?
 
Note the Photos of "Early Bird" cars. Double doors! From that, one may infer NYC did best it could to cater to the Automotive  
Shippers. Besides that, the new idea perhaps to placate the various "Car Loader" (Freight Forwarder) customers? In the era,  
the over the road long haul motor carriers were all over in securing these classes of traffic.
 
Dates are vital. Not only was there the "Early Bird" campaign, recall the introduction of Flexi-Van on NYC. See interweb entries  
in re: Morris Forgash, head of U S Freight. So that? We may infer all of it involved competitive responses by NYC? If in doubt,  
do the homework?
 
..............................Vern.......................
 
 


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« Reply #10 on: Apr 6th, 2016, 2:36pm »
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No idea what year the ad is from, Vern, though it has to be 1954 or newer, because of this -  
 
"In 1954 the New York Central introduced the "Early Bird" trains aimed at recapturing carload traffic through improved scheduling. New York to Chicago service was promised in just 29 hours, "on time a day earlier" than previous trains."
 
Which I found here -  
 
http://newyorkcentrallayout.blogspot.com/2012/08/pacemaker-freight-and-early-bird-service.html


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« Reply #11 on: Apr 6th, 2016, 3:27pm »
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Promo Folder dated 1954 or a bit later? Your faithful writer likes it! Good estimation!
 
Again, one should not overlook the print material depicted Double Door Box Cars. Clearly, NYC signaling its response to  
serious highway competition, and its moves to protect major Automotive Shippers. At the same time, the 'Car Loader' work  
subject to much diversion...
 
.................FWIW & IMHO....................Vern.................


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« Reply #12 on: Apr 6th, 2016, 4:43pm »
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Agreed on the 50ft cars, as they were becoming the "standard" in car size (not just for boxcars) by the mid 1950's, soon to become 60ft within 10 years.
 
Freight Forwarding is of course, a completely fascinating topic in its own right.....


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