Re: URTX 35521 was MDT reefer

Patrick Wider <pwider@...>

I'm going to load a photo of an example of a GATC steel reefer buit in April 1939 (GARX
8009) that has these ends.

Pat Wider

URTX 35521 is a General American product based upon the General
American "standard" steel refrigerator first introduced in 1936. The
first cars had articulated hinges and flat riveted ends and roofs.
Later cars, like URTX 35521, had the ends with the rectangular
corrugations (similar to the MDT corrugation, though not the same to my
eye) in the ends and more traditional hinges, but retained the flat
roofs. These cars were originally leased to the Milwaukee. By the
early 1950s many were being leased to M&StL. Many, maybe all, were
rebuilt in the 1950s with what appear to be Improved Dreadnaught ends
and Murphy diagonal panel roofs. These rebuilds were leased to packing
companies among other lessees.

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media
645 Tanner Marsh Road, Guilford, CT 06437
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