Re: Meat reefers
Doug Harding can answer this question better. Morrell did daily
(except Sunday) slaughter of cattle, hogs and sheep. And besides
hanging sides of such, they also had packaged meats, dog food (Red
Heart), hides (which were a high tariff commodity), canned meats,
etc. I found a postcard that claimed Morrell could slaughter 2
million head of livestock a year in Ottumwa. So that would be
almost 6,900 head a day. So how many cars that translates to
someone more knowledgeable than I will need to say.
Looking at some 1959 CB&Q switchlists that Russ Strotz posted on the Railway Bull Shippers list about 10 years ago, it appears on average 7 MORX reefers were forwarded to the IHB at Congress Park each day. How many went to Chicago proper or went to Peoria for forwarding is unknown. Attached is a July 31 1959 consist of 1st LC departing Galesburg for Clyde yard. Also set outs for April 5 1959 at Congress Park. It was an active interchange.
Take a look for the Red Caboose Morrell Mather reefer.
On 4/9/2020 1:40 PM, Nelson Moyer wrote: