36' Reefers

Ted Larson

Yes. Swift had a small number of experimental 36' steel cars built
in the 1930s by GATC which are shown in the 1940 Car Builder's
as well as 800 built to a more conventional design by General
American in 1954, numbered 15000-15799. There's a color photo of SRLX
on the cover of Henderson's Classic Freight Cars, Vol. 3.

Richard Hendrickson

Long ago and far away I read that in days of yore, 36' boxcars were
standard, and so were reefers. Packing companies built their doors to
36'. When longer cars came to be normal, new reefers were built to 36'
to accomodate the spacing on the olde packing houses.

Ted Larson

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