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Chamber addresses "bad order" rail cars.

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Chamber Of Commerce Foresees Prosperous Era In The Near Future.

Shippers Will Not Excuse Carriers For Car Shortage When That Time Arrives.

A circular letter addressed to the superintendents of the Baltimore and Ohio Railway, Western Maryland Railroad and Cumberland and Westernport Electric Railway, calling their attention to the need of keeping the rolling stock in serviceable condition, was dispatched from the Chamber of Commerce yesterday. The letter which urged that immediate steps be taken to put the cars in order for the rush of business expected this summer is, in part, as follows:

Business is gradually improving and we understand all lines are showing an increased movement of tonnage, except coal. When the present strike is over, there will of necessity be a very heavy coal movement.
"Commodity prices have been largely deflated. The deflation of railway labor has already begun. The Railway Labor Board has made orders reducing the wages of maintenance of way employes and shop men and affiliated crafts. Other similar orders are expected to follow.

"It is matter of common knowledge that the car supply has not kept pace with the demands of commerce for approximately seven years. The present visible car surplus is being absorbed; everything indicates that the improvement in all lines of business, already quite marked will be accelerated.

"The semi-monthly statement of the car service division of the American Railway Association on revenue freight cars in bad order shows that as of May 15 the total number of bad order cars was 334,108, or 14.7 per cent, as against 14.4 per cent in May 1. The total cars on the line was 2,217,098. Of the total bad order cars, 263,065 were in need of heavy repairs.

"In view of this, we respectfully suggest the wisdom of your respective lines putting on large forces immediately to repair bad order cars and make them serviceable for the needs of commerce. Our anxiety that business shall not be retarded for want of transportation facilities, is our motive in bringing this matter to your attention and urging you to bring it to the attention of your officials with recommendation that every possible effort be made to get your rolling stock in serviceable condition.

"It may be of interest to you to know that the shippers are watching this situation and will not excuse the carriers for failure on their part, for if business suffers during the next few months because of an insufficient car supply, with several hundred thousand cars out of service on account of "bad order," the public will not be disposed to accept explanations for the failure of the railroads to get ready to handle the largely increased tonnage, which everything seems to indicate is fast approaching."


Cumberland News


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Allegany College of Maryland

Cumberland (Md.) press coverage; Cumberland (Md.) Chamber of Commerce

Cumberland (Md.), 1920-1930

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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