Here is a link
from the Trainweb site showing the large Baltimore & Ohio
West 26th Street Freight Station and Storage Warehouse on July
7, 1951. The location
is between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues in Manhattan. There is a second B&O
facility (West 24th Street Freight House) closer to the camera. The structure to the left
is the B&O and Republic Carloading Freight House. The Republic section
previously was operated by Seaboard Freight.
Click on the
image to enlarge it.
In between the
freight houses are at least nine stub-end tracks. Notice the three
successive refrigerator cars (One Great Northern, one SFRD and
one PFE) among all the boxcars.
Dunnage is visible in the open doorway of the SFRD car.
There is another PFE car closer to the camera in the first fully
This was not a
refrigerated freight house as far as I know and there is no
rooftop equipment to indicate refrigeration facilities. The smaller freight house
closer to the camera likewise does not have refrigerated
facilities. In all
likelihood the cars were used to ship products that required
some protection from heat or rapid temperature changes. (It’s
It is not as
likely these cars were shipped to New York with some of the
other items occasionally carried in reefers heading west such as
newspapers and magazines from East Coast publishers, tires,
furniture and various clean items such as canned goods, candy
and boxed items, or LCL shipments from mail order houses.
Lastly, as there
were three driveways between the various tracks it is possible
whatever was unloaded from the reefers never went into either
freight house but was placed on trucks.
This building is
still standing. The
sign on it at street level (courtesy of Google Maps Street View)
reads “Bedrock Mini-Storage”.
All signs of track in this area are gone.