Re: Express reefers?

Alex Huff
 

Hammond, LA, on the IC main line, was another loading station for strawberries.  The reefers were pre-cooled, having been iced at the division point and shops at McComb, MS.  Destined mostly for the Chicago market, I was told the berries were picked in the morning and loaded into cars by late morning. The berries were inspected by buyers as the cars were loaded and sold at auction.  Once sold, the carloads moved in special trains, known locally as "Crimson Flyers" at passenger train speeds.  The Hammond chapter of the NRHS newsletter is titled "Crimson Flyer".
Alex Huff 

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