Valley's usual crew stops for lunch during
a busy package
Collection of Jeff Jargosch with
permission of Gene Collora.
Harry Davis and
Paul Albright load #15's pilot
at the Kenilworth freight
Collection of Jeff
|Big roads carried many shipments of Less
than Car Load (L.C.L.) freight in express cars and baggage cars to agency
stations up and down their lines.
It was pretty lucrative business, and included some door to door
deliveries in company trucks.
This business was the forerunner of today’s multiple overnight
express carriers. The Rahway
Valley was a carrier that serviced many small industries, and not ever
Bill of Lading was a full carload.
Innovative and willing to do whatever it took to keep customers
happy, Rahway Valley crews would make L.C.L. package deliveries in their
own special way. Lacking a baggage car or even a
side door caboose, the crew would pull one of the engines up to the
freight platform in Kenilworth and load the large pilot decks of the
engines with these shipments. The engine could then be run up
and down the line making deliveries, ultimately saving time and fuel
#13 has made it
all the way to Summit with package still in