I note that on the History Channel's series "Extreme Trains" that next
Tuesday's episode features a contemporary reefer train. The
description says it also covers the competition between truck and
trains in the 1950's. These histroical retrospective often feature
interesting vintage footage.
By the mid-1930's Fruit Growers Express was complaining about
competion from trucks as they were not regulated and could charge
whatever they wanted to. A pair of drivers could have a load to NYC in
two days and could charge a premium because their load was several
The show aires at 10 PM EST with reruns throughout the week.