Wide doors on SFRD...


Richard Brennan <brennan8@...>
 

Question:

Why did the Santa Fe standardize so early ('teens?) on 5ft-0 or better door widths for the SFRD fleet of refrigerator cars, when most other operators kept narrow i.e. 4ft doors for decades?

AFAIK... the ubiquitous 48in (by 40 or 48in) pallet was really not in wide use until the 1940s, so the advent of palletized car loading would not seem to be the motivation. Were the typical loading dock arrangements any different for SFRD than say, PFE or WFEX?

If the answer is in the ATSF Reference Vol 2... I missed it.

Any thoughts?


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Richard Brennan - San Leandro CA
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