Orange Crate Loading Requirements During World War II


From about 1922 the typical load of oranges shipped from Californian was 462 crates. This was based on an application by the California Citrus League approved by the Trans-Continental Freight Bureau.


From sometime in 1942 to sometime in 1947 the Office of Defense Transportation ordered, probably through the ICC, that refrigerator cars were to be loaded with a minimum of 693 crates. Due to the high amount of damage to loads, the order  subsequently was modified to reduce the amount to a minimum of 561 crates. The order was completely rescinded in 1947 and the 462 crate standard re-emerged.


Can anyone tell me the effective dates and the Service Order numbers related to these war time loading requirements?


Thank you.


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


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