Re: Perishable LCL?

Douglas Harding <dharding@...>

My understanding is that when it comes to meat, the peddler cars were pretty
much pre-WWII. Which just about predates the work history of anyone active
on the list. Larry's experince on the Sante Fe or UP in the 60's would be
quite different from the practices of 20's or 30's.

It is apparent that meat peddler cars were handled quite different from the
LCL cars. The one photo I have shows a standard RR reefer, not a meat
reefer, said to be in peddler service. Clark mentioned the Fairfax Car Seal
list, from a depot on the M&StL in Minn. The use of non-meat reefers used
for peddler service is confirmed from this list. Looking at the list I see
that every reefer hauling meat is a 40 or 41' car, none of the 37' meat
reefers we might think of for the late 40's. Further cars containing meat
(not mdse) were in Fairfax about once a week, 36 cars from May 29th to Mar
10. It appears June & July were heavy meat months, 7 cars each month, where
as Dec only had one car.

All in all very interesting information.

Doug Harding

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