Re: Ice Reefer Conversions to Mechanical?


John Moore
 

The Santa Fe converted 5 ea  50' Rr-31 class ice bunker refrigerator cars to Mechanical Temperature Control cars in 1955.  The standard 5' foot wide swing plug doors were replaced with sliding plug doors.  The ice bunkers held the Waukesha package air conditioning units with the control and fuel tank attached under the car body.  They were converted back to standard ice bunker refrigerator cars in 1960.  Photos of this configuration can be found in the SFRH&MS Reference Series Volume 6  Mechanical Refrigerator Cars and Insulated Refrigerator Cars of the Santa Fe Railway  1949-1988.
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