Re: Going Bananas ...


Andy Sperandeo <asperandeo@...>
 

Au contraire, Andy,

Whatever Chiquita said, bananas always went in refrigerator cars on the
Illinois Central, for as long as they were shipped out of New Orleans (until
the mid 1960s, that is). The reefers (I remember mostly steel NRC cars with
orange sides, brown roof and ends, and green IC diamonds) were iced at the
IC's Stuyvesant Yard on the Mississippi riverfront, and re-iced (as needed)
at Fulton, Ken., on their way north. At Fulton, foremen checked the
temperature of bananas in each car and adjusted the ice loading to keep the
fruit within a specified temperature range. But remember, the bananas were
shipped green and the idea was not to allow them to ripen until sold.

So long,

Andy

Andy Sperandeo
Executive Editor
Model Railroader magazine
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