Say WHAT?? There was no such thing as an insulated box car (i.e. RB
bunkerless reefer) ???
I have shots of wood sheathed steam era Hershey's RB's. The "L" refers
to loading devices, which
really came into their own with forklifts and pallets. Prior to that
time loads were braced or packed in
such a way to avoid load shifting.
Yeah, but Hershey was a huge company, that ran
their own car fleet. Hop in your time machine, try ordering an RB from
the local railroad and
see what you get.
This also emphasizes the importance of understanding assigned
service. While smaller companies might not have the financial ability
to buy their own cars, if they had enough traffic to require cars, they
might well enter into an agreement with a car owner to provide cars for
them. As Dennis notes, RBs would be unlikely to be seen waiting
assignment at a yard somewhere, but that certainly doesn’t preclude
either their use or their presence.
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