System Map; Net Ton Miles - 1936, 1945, and 1954

Discussion in 'Maps' started by Karl, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

  2. TAG1014

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    Thanks Karl for the info!

    Tom G.
  3. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Karl, from the map it looks like the heaviest traffic was between Springfield and Tulsa, also Memphis and Birmingham. Am I reading this right with the bottom map?

  4. palallin

    palallin Member

    Looks like the KC to Ft. Scott leg was heavily trafficked, too.

    Look at those stats in '45! Many wartime loads of oil moving east, I'll bet.
  5. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    The KC Sub has often been over looked in terms of traffic volumes, but there was a reason for the double track between 29th Street and Paola, i.e., MKT psgr and frt trackage rights and MP's Scenic Limited/Colorado Eagle trackage rights. I have some gross tonnage maps that show the MKT tonnage volumes, too.

    By the Summer of '43 the Big Inch and Little Inch (pipelines)had been completed, and the U-Boot threat against the US coastal waters had all but disappeared, so the rail transportation of crude had lessened.


    Will have to dig up the Annual Report to look at the WWII petroleum volumes.
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  6. palallin

    palallin Member


    I am actually pretty familiar with the U-Boat situation, but I have understood that there remained a great deal of excess capacity after the pipelines were completed. I would be very interested to see actual figures about the volumes in '44 and '45.
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