Western Fruit Express Goes to the ICC


gary laakso
 

I came across an ICC filing on behalf of Western Fruit Express by Great Northern that was decided by the ICC on May 7, 1934. I have one question about the rebuilding of truss rod refrigerator cars authorized. Here is the nature of the filing:

"The maintenance for which our approval is sought consists of the repairing of 487 refrigerator cars by the substitution of steel sideframe truck for arch-bar trucks at an estimated cost of $52,160 and the rebuilding of 652 refrigerator cars by the application of steel underframes and other heavy repairs, the waterproofing of floors and application of side-sheathing angles, etc., at an estimated cost of $797,735, a total cost of $850,895. The cars were constructed in 1921 and 1922 with heavy wooden underframes and their constant use has resulted in the development of defects causing rejection, in some instances, of the cars in interchange...." The ICC noted that wood underframes would not be accepted in interchange after January 1, 1935 under ARA rules. The loan GN sought approval of was from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works.

My question is what did the waterproofing of the floors consist of? I would (no pun intended ) assume the old wood floors being replaced had been waterproofed.TIA


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Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

gary laakso wrote:
I came across an ICC filing on behalf of Western Fruit Express by Great Northern that was decided by the ICC on May 7, 1934. I have one question about the rebuilding of truss rod refrigerator cars authorized. . .
My question is what did the waterproofing of the floors consist of? I would (no pun intended ) assume the old wood floors being replaced had been waterproofed.
Gary, I don't know WFE in any detail, but it's very possible the floors were merely replaced in kind, and waterproofed in whatever way was current in 1934 (vs. 1920). In other words, the floors were "waterproof" both before and after, but needed replacement and repair. Certainly PFE continued to use wood flooring with various waterproofing treatments, throughout the wood car era.

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