less-than-carload

less-than-carload

[′les thən ′kär‚lōd]
(industrial engineering)
Too light to fill a freight car and therefore not eligible for carload rate. Abbreviated LCL.
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Those fast trains handled the usual carload shipments of the era, but Pere Marquette also aimed to compete in less-than-carload freight, which was becoming increasingly dominated by trucks.
After a brief summary of the institutions that constitute the railroad industry --rate associations, holding companies and conglomerates, and labor unions--Healy patiently explains how the railroads' less-than-carload freight traffic, its mail and express service, and its passenger business all became hopelessly unprofitable.