Re: Santa Fe reefer questions

Tony Thompson

Steve Sandifer wrote:

On the main line, most reefer traffic was from west to east, so LCL was a way to use the cars headed back west if they were not needed in a big hurry. Magazines and paper product were heavy and needed a clean dry car. Folks like Sears, Montgomery Ward, etc. liked them because they received two for the price of one box car and could load them for specific markets, bypassing regional freight houses.

    One thing an unloaded ice reefer was NOT was dry inside. The retired PFE guys I interviewed said that the cars were damp inside all their lives. But cargo like magazines and other printed matter was wrapped in bundles with heavy paper if moved in reefers. There was plenty of that traffic, as Steve says.
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