Re: 1947 Great Northern Carloads--Commodities Likely Moving in Reefers


Douglas Harding <dharding@...>
 

Gary not to disputed your assumption that the commodities cited moved in
reefers. But there are exceptions. Sugar beets were loaded in open cars,
gons or hoppers, for delivery to the processing plant. And I believe
flaxseed was treated like other grains, shipped in boxcars. Flaxseed added
an additional dimension as it is a very find and slippery seed. So the
boxcars had to be tight, very tight, all holes plugged or coopered. This
seed required top quality boxcars.

Some fruits and vegatables could be loaded in stockcars or gons, ie melons,
tomatoes, and the like.

And other products of ag .... Would not this be primarily livestock and
grain? Ie stockcars and boxcars?

Doug Harding
www.iowacentralrr.org

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