Re: Why bright colored reefers?

Tony Thompson

Chuck Peck wrote:

I have been wondering about whybright colors were used on reefers.  Was it to make them stand out in the yards to help get special handing?  Bright colors looked "cleaner" for food  products?  

    Two of the PFE retirees I interviewed emphasized that employees were very aware that they were food cars. That was one reason PFE washed its cars until the mid-1950s.

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