ML12 in February 1963

ML12 schedule 1964

ML12 1964 Schedule Page from Canada Southern

This is a collection of ML12 consists for almost two weeks from February 1963.  Most trains include consists from one or more intermediate stations, allowing enroute work to be determined.

ML12 (ML for Multilevel) was NYC’s finished autos train from the Detroit area to the Northeast.  It also picked up additional autos at Farilane Yard from the Ford Plant in Lorain, OH.  In addition, as noted above, Flexi-Vans were also handled and some trains had more Flexi-Vans than autos.

While the above schedule from 1964 shows no work except at Fairlane, the reality in February 1963 was much different.  A typical train picked up at Fairlane, and set out Flexi-Vans at Collinwood, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.  Additional autos and Flexi-Vans were also occasionally picked up.  Unfortunately, there are no consists from Detroit so it can’t be determined if the train also worked at Toledo.

Timekeeping was also different than the published 1964 schedule.  The train typically left Toledo in the morning, was around Cleveland midday, departed Buffalo in the late evening, and would’ve arrived at Selkirk in the early morning hours.  Either the schedule changed before the 1964 schedule above, or the schedule was unattainable as none of the trains were close to the times published above.  The trains also failed to make the scheduled times between stations as shown above.

Consignees included auto carrier trucking companies such as Anchor Motor Freight and FJ Boutell Driveaway as well as Ford and Cheverolet.  Some autos also appear to have been exported by forwarder DC Andrews through the Port of New York.

Note about Collinwood Flexi-Vans: these were consigned to many different locations such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, and others.  For simplicity I labeled them collectively as Collinwood.

Additional information about ML12 can be found in Jeff Wilson’s Railroading and the Automobile Industry though the 1966 train operations appear to be much different than what is presented here.

Saturday, February 9, 1963: NYC ML12 2-9-1963

  • Depart Toledo 10:20, 30L – 4E
    Autos for Little Ferry & Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Collinwood, Buffalo, Syracuse
  • Depart Collinwood 16:55, 39L – 0E
    Autos for Little Ferry & Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester
  • Depart East Buffalo 22:25, 52L – 3E
    Autos for Little Ferry, Weehawken, Framingham, North Bergen, Readville
    Flexi-Vans for Syracuse, Rochester, Dewitt, High Bridge
  • Called Dewitt 01:40, 41L – 0E
    Autos for Little Ferry, Weehawken, Framingham, North Bergen, Readville
    Flexi-Vans for High Bridge

Sunday, February 10: NYC ML12 2-10-1963

  • Depart Toledo 11:50, 53L – 0E
    Autos for Little Ferry, Weehawken, Readville
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, High Bridge, Boston, Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo

Tuesday, February 12: NYC ML12 2-12-1963

  • Depart Toledo 07:30, 12L – 5E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Syracuse, Buffalo, Collinwood
  • Depart Collinwood 12:26, 28L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Boston, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 17:10, 25L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Boston, Syracuse
  • Called Dewitt 20:10, 22L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Boston

Wednesday, February 13: NYC ML12 2-13-1963

  • Depart Toledo 08:45, 32L – 11E
    Autos for Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Collinwood
  • Depart Collinwood 13:33, 36L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken, Framingham
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 18:10, 29L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken, Framingham
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse
  • Called Dewitt 21:30, 19L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken, Framingham

Thursday, February 14: NYC ML12 2-14-1963

  • Depart Toledo 04:40, 35L – 13E
    Autos for Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Syracuse, Buffalo, Collinwood
  • Pick up 11 autos for Readville and Little Ferry at Fairlane
  • Depart Collinwood 13:30, 52L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 18:25, 47L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse
  • Called Dewitt 21:35, 42L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken

Friday, February 15: NYC ML12 2-15-1963

  • Called Toledo 13:30, 38L – 3E
    Autos for Framingham, Weehawken, Little Ferry, Readville
    Flexi-Vans for High Bridge, Collinwood
  • Pick up 8 autos for Framingham and Little Ferry at Fairlane
  • Depart Collinwood 21:55, 48L – 0E
    Autos for Framingham, Little Ferry, Weehawken, Readville
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, High Bridge, Syracuse, Buffalo

Saturday, February 16: NYC ML12 2-16-1963

  • Depart Toledo 09:50, 58L – 0E
    Autos for Little Ferry, Weehawken
  • Pick up 5 autos for Readville and Little Ferry at Fairlane
  • Depart Collinwood 14:35, 58L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 22:00, 54L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse

Sunday, February 17: NYC ML12 2-17-1963

  • Pick up 13 autos for Framingham, Readville, Little Ferry, Weehawken at Fairlane
  • Depart Collinwood 14:51, 52L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Framingham, Weehawken, Little Ferry, Ayer
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 19:35, 50L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Framingham, Weehawken, Little Ferry, Ayer
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse

Tuesday, February 19: NYC ML12 2-19-1963

  • Depart Toledo 07:35, 15L – 4E
    Autos for Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Collinwood
  • Pick up 6 autos for Readville, Little Ferry, and Weehawken at Fairlane
  • Depart Collinwood 12:35, 20L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 16:30, 17L – 0E
    Autos for Readville, Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse

Wednesday, February 20: NYC ML12 2-20-1963

  • Called Toledo 07:00, 41L – 6E
    Autos for Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Collinwood
  • Pick up 9 autos for Readville and Little Ferry at Fairlane
  • Depart Collinwood 13:20, 53L – 0E
    Autos for Framingham, Little Ferry, Readville, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo
  • Depart East Buffalo 18:10, 54L – 0E
    Autos for North Bergen, Readville, Little Ferry, Framingham, Weehawken
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse
  • Called Dewitt 21:15, 52L – 0E
    Autos for North Bergen, Readville, Little Ferry, Framingham, Weehawken

Thursday, February 21: NYC ML12 2-21-1963

  • Depart Toledo 08:30, 35L – 3E
    Autos for Weehawken, Little Ferry
    Flexi-Vans for Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Collinwood