Re: Reefer Hatches

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Kurt Laughlin wrote:
Tony, what do you mean by "confiscated"?
That's the term in freight service for grabbing someone's empty for your own use (of course with free-running cars, that's okay). The eastern railroads, often without much supply of reefers in good condition, loved to confiscate SFRD and PFE cars. Conversely, at the peak of harvest season when PFE was using eastern cars like MDT, western shippers complained bitterly about the shabby condition of the eastern empties. There's a story about this in the PFE book.

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