Reefer: Reverse Opening Hatch Cover

Bob Chaparro
 

Reefer: Reverse Opening Hatch Cover

This photo from the Library of Congress shows Northern Refrigerator Car Company reefer:

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017839485/resource/

The car has two-piece hatch covers and plugs. I notice the hatch covers are in the "reverse position", similar to the design used on SFRD reefers generally before the era of mechanical icing machines.

Was this a common feature of Northern Refrigerator Car Company reefers? Did any other companies/railroads use this design?

Thanks.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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