Loading Ice With Block & Tackle Gear

Bob Chaparro

Loading Ice With Block & Tackle Gear

A 1915 photo from the Huntington Library:



"Lordsburg Ice Plant - Men loading large blocks of ice into cold storage freight cars with block & tackle."

The town of Lordsburg, CA, was incorporated as La Verne in 1906. The town, about thirty miles east of Los Angeles, was served by the Santa Fe.

What is interesting about this photo is that it shows the eventually outdated practice of loading (not dropping) whole ice blocks into the bunker of a refrigerator car. Besides being labor intensive and time consuming, whole blocks did not cool loads as efficiently as quartered and smaller pieces of ice.

Bob Chaparro


Railroad Citrus Industry Modeling Group


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