Re: Carstens reefer
It looks identical to the TCRL 108 in the Seattle Car and Foundry catalog which is listed as a steel underframe beef car built for Carstens Packing Company, albeit without the colorful paint job TCRL 108 has. The description claims two small ice bunkers, one at each end. Length 34 feet. Three meat rack tracks extending the length of the car. Diamond Arch Bar trucks. Inside height 10 feet, 2 inches. Westinghouse Automatic Air Brake. Metal Bolsters. 33 inch Chilled Cast Iron wheels. Inside hung brake beams. Weight of car, 49,000 pounds.
Tom Dempsey, Spokane, WA
From: james <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:59 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Carstens reefer
There was a Carstens meat packing plant located in the Tideflats area of Tacoma WA. The cursive "Carstens" on the refer is very similar to the lettering used on their tractor-trailers in the 1950s.
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