Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
Tim O'Connor wrote:
According to page 86 of the "Proceedings to the June 1948 AAR RR Superintendents Convention," Manager of the AAR's Reefer Section GW Taylor stated that the "Tide Orders" had been canceled, and "at the present time, cars (reefers) are handled on owners' instructions or in service run." Accordingly, perishable loadings in PFE cars in "PFE territory" (SP, UP & WP) increased from about 2/3's in 1947 to over 80% in 1949 according to the table on page 450 pf the Second Edition of Signature Press' "Pacific Fruit Express."
In spite of this cancellation, I am sure that Tony Thompson can relate "horror stories" about what PFE (& perhaps SFRD) considered was the misuse of its reefers on the return run West.