Re: Nice image of PFE 744 express reefer
A&Y Dave in MD
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Thanks. That is nice. I like the open door so you can see the detail.
An aside: I’m just in Chapter 4 of Tony’s book (this is as good as or better writing and detail, and almost as comprehensive as Karig’s book on coal cars).
Which leads me to think that there should be a “freight car history beginners’ library” list somewhere. From my short experience on this list and my previous acquisitions, I’d include:
Whites’ books on freight car and passenger car in America
Karig’s Coal Car book
Culotta’s AAR 1932 boxcar and his Postwar Freight Car fleet books
Teichmuller’s book on Pennsy hoppers
Dow’s N&W hopper book
Thompson et al’s book on PFE reefers
Hendrickson et al’s Billboard reefers book
Kaminski’s tank car book (ACF)
Forgot author of Magor book (Kaminiski again?)
And the set of Freight Car Cyclopedias
That would get you started with a fairly comprehensive look at the US freight car fleet from its beginnings to about 1960. For the most part I would leave off treatises on specific roads except where the cars were common across large regions or iconic. I would refer the beginner to Ted Culotta’s Essential Freight Car series articles if they can get those assembled to get the countrywide view, then refer them to a historical society for road specific info, like Tony’s SP series or the C&O HS’ recent books on their freight car roster.
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Subject: [STMFC] Nice image of PFE 744 express reefer
Hi List Members,