Re: Plywood reefers

Rupert and Maureen <gamlenz@...>

Re. the "War Babies" article in the RP CYC on wartime reefers for FGE, BRE and WFE

" I am wondering why plywood wasn't retained for wood-sided cars. Longevity, or ease of repair?"

Thanks for these responses. If the curling and sealing problems manifested themselves within 2 years causing the BRE to revert to tongue & groove, and with plywood having been used in this manner from 1935 onwards, one wonders why plywood was used for these cars in the first place. Perhaps the designers thought they had solved the problems. Alternatively, they perceived the advantages to outweigh the potential problem.

Rupert Gamlen
Auckland NZ

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