Re: Icing Reefers In Maine

Douglas Harding

Another photo of icing reefers in same location

Shows the workers sliding ice from the deck to the reefer hatches.


Doug  Harding


From: [] On Behalf Of Douglas Harding
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Icing Reefers In Maine


Bob first I’ve seen such a structure. Common practice was to break the ice block down into smaller chunks per the shippers instructions. A normal block of ice weighed 300lbs and dropping a complete block into the bunker could cause extensive damage, if it would fit through the hatch. Typically the block was broke into quarters, or smaller, before putting into the bunker.


You are asking about the structure above the ice deck, and it appears there are several on the deck, spaced about one car length apart. The appears to be a chain, perhaps a lifting mechanism, attached. As ice slides very easily, common practice was to slide the ice blocks down the deck and out across the platform to the bunker hatch. Usually blocks of ice were moved via a chain conveyor or perhaps a belt. There appears to be rails or guides along the length of the deck, common for a chain or cable to move ice blocks to the spot where needed. No lifting was involved.


If the ice block was moved via a conveyor below deck, the structure in question could have been used to lift the blocks of ice to the upper deck. Another thought, the structure was used to lower or place the walkway into place to go from deck to reefer. Either way it is very unusal.



Doug  Harding


From: [] On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018 2:54 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Icing Reefers In Maine


The photo on the link below shows what I think are block-and-tackle structures on an icing platform for lowering whole ice blocks into the refrigerator car bunkers:

Can anyone confirm this?


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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