Re: URTX/Milw Reefer Survivor

Schuyler Larrabee

Just catching this thread . . .


So what’s happened?  Has the car been preserved?  Has some museum been made aware of the car?  Is there hope that an essentially museum piece of a freight car will be given the treatment a survivor deserves?


Some years ago I learned that the owner of a short line that operates out of Scranton had a “thing” for TOFC trailers that were lettered for railroads.  I knew of one, and went looking for it again, putting a lot of miles on my car before realizing that it had been boxed in by more trailers.  I alerted this man who withing a few days had driven to Massachusetts, negotiated the acquisition, extracted the car in exchange for some other trailer, and took it back to Scranton for restoration, proudly lettered for the Erie Lackawanna..


So it CAN be done and that 101-year-old URTX reefer really deserves a safe and secure home.


Do what you can.




From: <> On Behalf Of Bob Chapman
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:15 PM
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] URTX/Milw Reefer Survivor


Gregg Condon forwarded these recent photos of this URTX/Milw wooden reefer in Winona, Minn., serving as a storage shed, and until recently hidden under falsework siding. 


Here's the backstory, In Gregg's words:


"Railfanning is wayyy fun, especially when you discover the wayyy unexpected. Pat and I were driving down a street in Winona. We passed an old business building just as a couple guys finished tearing the end off an old shed and I saw it was lettered "URTX." I sez to Pat in a frenzy, "Go around the block!" We went back and she shot the attached pix with her phone. Dark cloudy day, but you can see that perhaps 80 to 90 years ago somebody had nailed two-by-two batts to a wooden refrigerator car and nailed siding over that. Built date is 1920. Interesting to see the preserved true paint colors from that era."



Bob Chapman

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