Re: Freight Shipped In Wooden Barrels

Kurt Laughlin <fleeta@...>

----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Chaparro

As we all know, in the earlier days of railroading before specialized
freight cars, many items were shipped in boxcars. And before the
common use of steel drums, bags and cardboard containers, many items,
I'm told, were shipped in wooden barrels.

I can think of items like wine, cement, nails and other hardware being
shipped in barrels but I'm wondering what else was commonly shipped by
rail in barrels?

----- Original Message -----

Any kind of breakable item like glassware, pottery, and china was packed into barrels with excelsior and sawdust.


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