RR, Santa Fe, cars, sacked grain
Topeka, July 9. The farmers are not the only persons in Kansas who are worrying about traffic and crop illations this fall. The railroad officials officials in Topeka want it known that they have worries, too, worries worries over the preparation of the equipment for the immense grain movement which is sure to come. Possibility that equipment and terminal facilities will not be in condition adequately to meet the demands of fall traffic is causing concern among all Western railroad officials, not only in Topeka but at other headquarters. Roads of the middle West, particularly those operating operating through this state, Nebraska Nebraska and Oklahoma, are making preparations preparations for the greatest grain movement they have ever had. Estimates Estimates made by traffic officials of several roads are that the wheat movement alone in the above three states will call for over 300,000 x-ars. x-ars. x-ars. Facing the prospect of this tremendous tremendous traffic movement they havo under active way plans to concentrate concentrate every available car by tho time grain commences to. move. It is estimated that the first grain The A.T.&S.F.Ry.Co. c ...CHJ.CAGQ. To 0?OT Qi n Stata movement in Kansas alone will call into requisition about 45,000 cars. To meet the general traffic demand demand in prospects railroads are working car repair shops at. different different points day and night. Extra hours have been added to the Santa Fe freight car shops schedules in Topeka. Inquiries made have elicited assurances that there will be adequate motive power to handle the necessary number of trains. The Rock Island alone has ordered about fifty new engines to be delivered delivered to its Kansas division in a few days: the Santa Fe will h"5ve a number of new locomotives to put into service, and has practically rearranged rearranged its schedule so as to have the maximum of motive power available; Missouri Pacific will also put most of its new equipment recently recently offered into service when the grain movement begins. Despite preparations under way, the general belief obtains among traffic officials that it will not be possible for the roads to more than keep up with the volume of traffic. traffic. Keeping this before themselves they are providing extra elevators and other storage facilities at all feasible points. A large number of new grain elevators were completed completed recently in Kansas, and now, at principal forwarding points in the grain belt, elevator men have contracted contracted for warehouse space to stor sacked grain.