Re: Christmas Trees by Rail

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Richard Wilkens wrote:
So to "Legally" include Christmas on this list I'll ask the following, did the railroads that served the Christmas tree growing areas of North America see all that many shipments of trees by rail? How were they handled? Box cars? Refrigerator cars? Gondolas?
I've never seen anything in photos except box cars. SP publicity photos often showed box cars being either loaded or unloaded, and were included in their Christmas article for the employee magazine, _SP Bulletin_ most years, so I'd assume they would use a typical scene.
One exception: as included in my volume on SP flat cars, the National Christmas Tree, set up every year outside the White House, was usually shipped on a long flat car. In 1960, SP used a TOFC car for this.

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