Re: Refrigerator Car Return Instruction 1955


Yes. Santa Fe even built freight houses at Kansas City and Chicago where one track was 7” lower than the others where box cars and reefers could be located. The reefer floor was 14” higher than the box car floor so instead of pushing a 2 wheel dolly up 14” (wow) you would push it 7” up to a reefer or 7” down to a box car.

I have a conductors record book from 1923 in Kansas. It shows 1088 cars in trains. 288 of those were reefers (21%) of which 43 were in LCL service. 11% of the cars in this record were LCL cars: 101 westbound and 21 eastbound.


J. Stephen Sandifer


From: <> On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Refrigerator Car Return Instruction 1955


I've seen many photos of cars at LCL freight houses and I can't recall ever seeing
a reefer amongst the box cars. Has anyone got photos showing this?

Tim O'Connor

On 11/10/2021 6:19 PM, Richard Townsend via wrote:

I have a document from the Colorado & Southern (CB&Q subsidiary) instructing agents to use reefers for LCL if the travel was in the direction of the reefer's home.

Richard Townsend

Lincoln City, OR


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve SANDIFER <steve.sandifer@...>
Sent: Wed, Nov 10, 2021 2:09 pm
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Refrigerator Car Return Instruction 1955

I can’t speak to 1955, but in the 40s and early 50s ATSF used SFRD reefers commonly for LCL service.  The largest percentage of LCL traffic was from east to west and was clean, dry, and usually came short of cubing or weighing out a car.  Reefers were perfect for this.


Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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