Thanks for the prompt and detailed reply. Unfortunately, the portion of my railroad from Redding to Eureka consists of leaving my main yard (Redding), then disappearing through a wall into a closet staging yard which represents Eureka (sorry - no rugged mountain scenes there). The main portion of the layout room covers the mainline from Redding to Bieber (Nubieber). My freelanced railroad is very loosely model after both the McCloud and the Northwestern Pacific, both of which I have interchange with, following the route of current California Highway 299 from Eureka to Bieber.
I don't have much passenger traffic (I think the NWP had two trains in each direction from Eureka to the Bay Area in my era), so it sounds like I should ship the fish in the express reefers on my passenger trains. Any idea what type of quantity (i.e. car loads) would be shipped daily? It doesn't seem as if dedicated reefer trains with fish or even long blocks would be in order, rather just a car or two per day?
Again, thanks in advance for the info.
From: Anthony Thompson <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, November 13, 2009 9:55:13 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] New To Group - Question About Transporting Fish Via Ice Reefers
Al Daumann wrote:
Both the model railroad club I belong to (Santa Susana RailroadTo my knowledge, this was almost entirely in express reefers and,
for shorter distances, in baggage cars with the fish in boxes of
coarse ice. This of course permitted transportation at passenger
schedule speed. The PFE people I interviewed stated that fish was
rarely if ever carried in conventional (RS) reefers.
If your railroad runs west from Redding to the ocean, I sure
would like to see your mountain modeling some day! that's some rugged
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