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Ta-da! Formerly at the museum in Noblesville, Indiana. I don't
know where the car is now, as the museum was removed from the
property several years ago.
There is a color photo on page 28 of John Henderson's CLASSIC
FREIGHT CARS, V.3
On 2/17/19 1:54 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
URTX 37000-37499 and 37500-37974 are identical EXCEPT for the door
height - 7'0" vs 7'6".
No difference in inside height.
I have 10 images of the MILW 37000-37499 reefers on my hard drive,
but have NEVER seen a picture
of any of the 37500-37974 series.
This large series of cars, built by GATC
for Union Refrigerator Transit, was as far as I know leased to
MILW in its entirety. It's interesting for the horizontal seam
carside construction, and the Duryea underframe combined with
diagonal panel roof. Other series of URTX cars with 33'-2"
inside length show as 43'-5" outside length. Is it fair to say
that all these cars also had Duryea underframe?
The Jan. 55 ORER shows URTX 37000-37499, with a total of 450
cars. These are the only cars I see with these exact
dimensions. The 37500-37974 are six inches higher in IH and door
height. Were they otherwise similar? Most of the photos I see
on line are of surviving cars in museums, by the way.
I presume these cars were used for potatoes, fruit and other
agricultural shipments, plus perhaps beer. Were they sent
around like other reefers to wherever the crops were in their
Going through the Refrigerator Car Color Guide and similar
sources, there are some photos of very similar cars that could
be modified from this one. Similar in that they have the Duryea
underframe, the same ends with just one small dart, horizontal
sheet sides, 4' doors that go to the top of the sides, and in
some cases where the roof is visible, the diagonal panel roof.
These other cars have sidesill tabs, or in some cases, a
continuous channel sidesill, that could perhaps be modified from
the old Walthers car. They seem to have the same
underframe/sidesill configuration that the Swift car recently
discussed had. Some are RSM, which is interesting because I
thought that meat-rail-equipped cars usually had doors that were
a foot or so shy of the top of the side. Some appear to have
been built late enough that the route car boards are in the low