Just stumbled upon this today and had never heard of it before. It was developed by GM and SP so that they could fit more Vega's on it than a standard autorack. Weird seeing the Vega's standing on their nose. Just thought Id share. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/vert-a-pac-gms-weird-way-of-shipping-the-vega-on-its-nose/ar-BB176X3G?ocid=spartanntp#image=BB1773dt|10
The Lordstown, OH GM assembly plant was built on a rush basis just to build the Vega, I worked the Train Order Operator's position at the B&O's Newton Falls tower and would hand up the waybills for the cars that trains picked up at Lordstown - If I remember correctly the freight charges for a Vert-a-Pac to a unloading facility on the West Coast was approximately $4800.
Never too old to have a happy childhood!