Re: Meat reefers
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Nelson, I can’t say for sure about CBQ meat trains, but most roads kept hot trains like meat trains to 50 cars or less. This allowed them to move at high speed without double heading. And yes cars coming out of a meat packing plant would be in solid blocks going to the same destination. The block was not broken until it arrived at Chicago or similar location where cars were passed onto connecting roads. One these eastern connecting roads you would see reefers from different packers mixed into blocks based upon destination.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Nelson Moyer
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Meat reefers
How many cars per train on average, and were trains dispatched both the East and West on different days? Were they solid blocks of Morrell cars? Where they strictly meat trains or did they include other freight or livestock? I knew about the Morrell plant in Ottumwa, and I’d like to model the Morrell train through Burlington on the way to Galesburg and points East.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of William Hirt
The Morrell meat traffic was important enough to the CB&Q that for a number of years the president of Morrell was on the CB&Q Board of Directors. The Q originated a train at Ottumwa IA each weekday afternoon just for the Morrell traffic. As Doug knows, Morrell slaughtered cattle, hogs and sheep in Ottumwa.
On 4/8/2020 10:30 AM, Douglas Harding wrote: