Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Red Owl warehouse
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Elden true, but the car in photo was built in 1960. Clark is looking a report from 1949. The MSTL, which served Hopkins, purchased their first insulated boxcars or RBLS, for canned good service in 1957, no doubt to serve the growing need for insulated cars. Before then, canned goods were often shipped in reefers, without ice, esp in extreme weather, cold or heat. In extreme cold, as we experienced the past week or two, heaters were even added to keep the canned goods from freezing.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gatwood, Elden J SAD
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Red Owl warehouse
Generally, they had to make some reasonable accommodation in either too hot summer, or too cool winter, to accommodate canned goods. Reefers were perfect, but jealously guarded by their owners.
There is loads of correspondence on spoiled canned goods claims.
The attached is the non-reefer RR solution from the PRR: Insulated, and with “Quick Loaders”, as restored for the Strasburg RR.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Clark Propst
Here's the meat so far. They did have a cold storage area. I'm interested in seeing if more can goods arrive in reefer during the colder months? Clark