Re: 36' Reefers
Ted Larson wrote:
Long ago and far away I read that in days of yore, 36' boxcars wereNot a bad story, Ted, except in the heyday of the 36-foot box car, many reefers were still 34 feet long. So why weren't the packing houses set up with 34-ft. doors? or if they could adapt to 36 feet why not 40?
A PFE employee I talked to, said that the 36-foot meat cars were preferred since they kept the cargo a little colder. Even with heavy salt additions to lower the equilibrium temperature of ice and water, keeping the meat cool enough was a challenge. Moreover, the inside length of the cars wasn't as different as the outside length (36 vs. 40); meat ice bunkers were a little narrower.
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