Which Class of Santa Fe Reefers had the wide doors and two full length straps?


gary laakso
 

The better picture is at:
 
 
It is a very big car compared to the other refrigerator cars in the train. 



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Richard Hendrickson
 

On Jan 15, 2014, at 4:36 PM, gary laakso <vasa0vasa@...> wrote:

The better picture is at:

Gary, that’s an SFRD class Rr-18, rebuilt from the USRA-design wood-bodied reefers with steel framed, wood sheathed bodies.  After some earlier rebuilding experiments with a single Rr-16 and four Rr-18s, 150 Rr-18s were rebuilt in 1936 with rectangular panel Murphy steel roofs.  Those were the only SFRD rebuilds of the USRA care which had wood side and end sheathing; the Rr-19 class that followed had steel side sheathing and ends, as did all of the subsequent rebuilds through World War II and into the late 1940s. 

Aside from the side sheathing coming further down over the side sills than on the other cars in the train, it’s no larger than the other reefers, and the doors were Santa Fe standard 5’ width, as were those on all SFRD cars starting in 1909. 

Richard Hendrickson