Re: Tropicana in the 1950s

John Barry

I doubt shipments to the local Borden's Dairy were by rail pre-1964, but I do recall that we got reconstituted OJ as well as milk delivered in their ubiquitous Elsie adorned refrigerated box trucks in Fort Walton Beach.  Closest rail service would have been to Crestview on the L&N or Pensacola on the Frisco.  Neither with great connections to the central FLA groves.  But the suggestion of Milk Reefers for points north may have traction given the combination of products delivered down south in the period.
John Barry

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From: "George Eichelberger geichelberger@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 7:30 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Tropicana in the 1950s

During some period, the Florida OJ producers used classic “milk” cars (GPEX?) to ship unfrozen juice concentrate “up north”. Very unusual cars to see in Fla. Does anyone know when that traffic began or ended or where it originated? From a railroad guy, the destination may have been Hoods Dairy in the Boston area. I only saw the car at the ex ACL Lakeland, FL yard so I do not know who the shipper was. There were several juice processors in Central Fla at that time so I do not believe Tropicana ever used that method. The car was in freight, not in passenger express service.




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