Unusual WFE Car


Rod Miller
 

In

http://www.mashpedia.com/videoplayer.php?q=52D1xs_hc_k

at 09:12 what appears to be a GN WFE plug door car appears.
It has a row of five "hatches" on each side of the roof. I
wasn't able to make out the road number. Can someone please
provide info on that car?

TIA

Rod
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Rod Miller
 

On 1/15/14 11:26 AM, Rod Miller wrote:
In

http://www.mashpedia.com/videoplayer.php?q=52D1xs_hc_k

at 09:12 what appears to be a GN WFE plug door car appears.
It has a row of five "hatches" on each side of the roof. I
wasn't able to make out the road number. Can someone please
provide info on that car?

TIA

Rod
Discussed this with a friend who followed the SP&S. He
said that some reefers were modified for bulk loading
such as grain and sand, so the car in the vid may be one
of those.

Rod

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Bruce Smith
 

Rod,

I really doubt that!  This appears to be a top bunker ice reefer. Many refrigerator car lines experimented with them, but the Canadians are known for the largest fleet. The concept was that by keeping the ice on top of the load, the cooled air would naturally descend and it would be more efficient.  Here's an FGE top bunker car

Regards

Bruce


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On Jan 15, 2014, at 2:58 PM, Rod Miller wrote:

On 1/15/14 11:26 AM, Rod Miller wrote:
In

http://www.mashpedia.com/videoplayer.php?q=52D1xs_hc_k

at 09:12 what appears to be a GN WFE plug door car appears.
It has a row of five "hatches" on each side of the roof. I
wasn't able to make out the road number. Can someone please
provide info on that car?

TIA

Rod

Discussed this with a friend who followed the SP&S. He
said that some reefers were modified for bulk loading
such as grain and sand, so the car in the vid may be one
of those.

Rod

--

Custom 2-rail O Scale Models: Drives,  |   O Scale West / S West
Repairs, Steam Loco Building, More     |   2014 Meet is Feb 6 - 8
http://www.rodmiller.com               |   http://www.oscalewest.com


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Tony Thompson
 

Rod Miller wrote:

Ihttp://www.mashpedia.com/videoplayer.php?q=52D1xs_hc_k

at 09:12 what appears to be a GN WFE plug door car appears.
It has a row of five "hatches" on each side of the roof. I
wasn't able to make out the road number. Can someone please
provide info on that car?


     Unless I'm missing something, it looks like a standard FGE overhead bunker car, probably FHIX.

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Bill Welch
 

Fruit Growers Express' Indiana Harbor shops built 100 steel sheathed 50-foot overhead bunker cars and fifty copies for Western Fruit in 1950, their first and only such examples of the type. They were equipped with 6-ft "sliding flush doors," the correct term for the period. Their reporting marks were FOBX and WOBX respectively. FGE owned 200 plywood "OB's" also built from 1944 through 1946. Their first 10 cars were built in 1940 and were steel sheathed, two horizontal riveted panels on each side of the hinged doors. Their primary purpose was to ship frozen commodities using a brine solution.


The FGE/WFE/BRE System issued special instructions for icing these cars as to the tools used to service the ten ice bunkers--no sharp points. It took several minutes to ice and re-ice them. The cars served as an interim solution to the demand for frozen commodities while FGE/WFE/BRE System experimented with various mechanical systems, and by 1951 committed to the mechanical system developed by the Frigidaire Division of GM to equip their mechanical cars. By 1957 the System operated over 1200 Mechs yet their OB's continued to be loaded with frozen commodities.


The Plywood OBs are not likely to be confused with any other car and are certainly a good candidate for 3D Printing development.


Bill Welch