• Short Summary

    NEARLY THREE MILLION BUSHELS OF FEED GRAIN HAVE BEEN FILED ON THE STREETS OF A DOZEN SMALL NEBRASKA TOWNS IN THE U.

  • Description

    NEARLY THREE MILLION BUSHELS OF FEED GRAIN HAVE BEEN FILED ON THE STREETS OF A DOZEN SMALL NEBRASKA TOWNS IN THE U.S. MID-WEST. THE REASON IS AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF RAILWAY FREIGHT WAGONS.

    NORMALLY, GRAIN ON ITS WAY TO CUSTOMERS IS DELIVERED TO RAIL-HEADS WHERE IT IS STORED UNTIL IT CAN BE MOVED. THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, THE MID-WESTER RAILWAYS ARE FACING A SHORTAGE OF FREIGHT WAGONS. THE SHORTAGE, PLUS A BUMPER HARVEST, HAS LED TO A PILE-UP OF GRAIN AT THE RAIL-HEADS. WITH ALL AVAILABLE STORAGE SPACE UTILISED, THE FARMERS ARE LEFT PILING THEIR GRAIN IN THE STREETS.

    IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AN ADDITIONAL TEN THOUSAND FREIGHT WAGONS ARE NEEDED TO MOVE THE GRAIN. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION WAS DIRECTED THAT EASTER AND SOUTHERN RAILWAYS MOVE EMPTY WAGONS TO THE AREA, BUT UNTIL THEY ARRIVE THERE IS LITTLE THAT CAN BE DONE.

    WHILE THE GRAIN REMAINS IN THE STREETS IT IS THREATENED BY RAIN. SHOULD IT RAIN BEFORE THE GRAIN IS MOVED, THE FARMERS MAY LOSE SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS. EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO EXTEND THE NAVIGATION SEASON ON THE MISSOURI RIVER IN ORDER TO MOVE THE GRAIN ON BARGES. BUT TO KEEP THE MISSOURI OPEN, RAIN IS NEEDED TO RAISE THE WATER LEVEL -- THE SAME RAIN WILL DESTROY THE GRAIN.

    THE MORTGAGE OF FREIGHT WAGONS, WHICH EXTENDS TO MOON OF THE COUNTRY, MAY WELL CONTINUE ONTO THE WINTER MONTHS SINCE THE SALE OF AMERICAN WHEAT TO THE SOVIET UNION WILL IMPOSE ADDITIONAL DEMANDS ON RAILWAY FACILITIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF52KT4YOOPKRW9ZL657MR0POC
    Media URN:
    VLVAF52KT4YOOPKRW9ZL657MR0POC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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