mmi16 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:12 pm
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:09 am
The conflict must be severe; Traffic/Marketing are salesmen, who probably call at a customer with a "you want it, you got it" approach.
I would think the roads can "get away with" these practices call for by Precision Railroading with Agricultural customers. "Throw 'em a lower rate" is all they need.
But what will the package delivery and maritime companies say if their Container/TOFC schedules are affected? How about manufacturing shippers, such as the auto industry, who keep their assembly lines running based on "just in time" transportation?
One of the first areas EHH cut the employee head count at CSX was in 'traffic/marketing'. Don't want anyone selling anything 'out of the plan'.
Not surprised, Mr. MMI.
So far as I'm concerned, the railroads held through WWII that shipper/customers were beholden unto them. I even once learned (likely from reading TRAINS), that the industry's reaction to the Interstate highways was one of "how do we route the cement and steel beams"?
They apparently could not, or would not, accept that their high value traffic, such as auto parts, was in jeapordy by a flexible, customer tailored, means of transport would soon be available.
Now Yager comes along with his "Lionel mentality" of a railroad that runs for his convenience. To set up turns for T&E crews of running from home for, say, five hours, then hopping on a return train that arrived, oh say , thirty minutes earlier, than operate that train home within HOS, saving away from home expenses, sounds great. But what if "not so great" for a customer/shipper who has other needs such as s "just in time" supply line.
Yes, Yager did send the industry that some efficiencies were available from his "teachings". As I noted earlier, fine for agricultural shippers not so fine for the high value stuff, when "Wally World or Jeff" wants that "must have" toy on the shelves when they want them for Xmas sales, and not when "Yager's Disciples" say they may have them.
After all, those eight wheels under the trailer can just as easily be pulled by ten more; more costly, but no wailing kids "pacified" with some "rain check".