Cheesy Reefers


thecitrusbelt@...
 

Undated photo of four WRN (??) reefers used by cheese maker Carl Marty & Company:

 

http://www.nationalhistoriccheesemakingcenter.org/history-of-cheese/

 

If the reporting marks are in fact WRN that would be the Washington Run Railroad Company of Pennsylvania, which had these reporting marks from July 1923 through July 1930.

 

Does anyone know more about these refrigerator cars?

 

Thanks.

 

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Ted Culotta
 

Hello Bob,

They are WRX reporting marks. Western Refrigerator was the reefer operation of the GB&W, which makes sense give the location of the photo. WRX used AC&F-design reefers from the 1920s, similar to the associated NWX lines. Westerfield and Branchline made kits and there are photos and references in the RP Cyc Vol. 4 as well as in Focus on Freight Cars, Vol. 3 and Steam Freight Cars Reference Manual Vol. 3.

Cheers,
Ted Culotta


destorzek@...
 

As Ted said, Western Refrigerator Co. Accurail also did this paint scheme, back in Huly of 1998:

Long out of stock, they occasionally show up on E-bay

Dennis Storzek


Douglas Harding
 

Another image of the same building & reefers http://www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/sites/www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/files/10-2014.JPG

 

Bob according to the below history, the Carl Marty Co moved into a new location in 1932. A new location indicates expansion, which in turn may have led to the need for reefers. The Carl Marty Co had headquarters in Chicago and several cheese manufacturing plants in Wisconsin.

 

Most likely the Marty Co began using the WRN reporting marks at the time of the expansion in 1932. The cars certainly look like ACF reefers

 

In the middle 30’s (1939 according to one source) the Borden Company purchased the Carl Marty Cheese Company of Monroe, Wisconsin and combined the two companies into the Lakeshire/Marty Company.  The Carl Marty Company was one of the largest manufacturers and assemblers of Swiss cheese in this country.

 

 

From:  https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Property/HI90127

In 1932, the Carl O. Marty Co. moved from its Cheese Row factory to this plant and until 1939 carried on its very successful butter and cheese manufacturing. This was a local firm founded in 1915 by Carl Marty, Sr., a native of Cnton Thurgau, Switzerland, and most beloved of all the early Swiss leaders of the "Swiss Colony of Wisconsin," as the Swiss region was called (Hamilton, p. 118). He retired in 1922 turning the firm over to his sons. This was one of the area's largest factories. More research may prove it to be the lagest.* *Odell, p. 44-5 notes: Carl Marty and Co., trade sloganed "The Cheese House of America," have the largest manufacturing and storage plant in a single propery in Monroe. "Dutch Maid" is their trade brand in the manufacture of cream, Swiss, limburger, brick and American cheese and creamery butter. Aside from the products of their own manufacture they are extensive buyers with representation by distributors in all of the largest markets. In July, 1929, the Marty company introduced cheese handling from factory to storage on shelves in portable racks by motor truck. These racks are rolled on skids into coolers without other handling. This does away with factory tubbing, untubbing at storage and retubbing for the trade. A cooperage department with Swiss cooper employed makes a distinctive tub bound with white oak bands, resembling in appearance the tubs used in Switzerland. CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: Taylor explains (p. 38): Borden purchased the Anglo-Swiss condensery plants in Morow and Dixon in 1903 and reopened the condesery here. The arrival of Borden had a saluatory influence in persuading farmers to cease their customary winter hiatus of milking as they let their cows dry up... New buildings were added as Borden succeeded in promoting more output by farmer suppliers, most of whom delivered their milk in daily wagonloads. The firm also insisted on increasingly higer quality mildk standards. Also see Rosa Waelti Gruenewald THE STORY OF A DAIRY BARN, describing how her father came to build this demonstration barn at the suggestion of Borden, which offered plans and construction supervision.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


destorzek@...
 




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Another image of the same building & reefers http://www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/sites/www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/files/10-2014.JPG


Most likely the Marty Co began using the WRN reporting marks at the time of the expansion in 1932. The cars certainly look like ACF reefers

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

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Except, as was pointed out earlier, the mark is WRX, which is Western Refrigerator Co., a GB&W affiliate. The cars are undoubtedly on long term lease, to have received the custom paint job, but apparently the Marty Co. never filed for their own mark. Interestingly, Monroe is not on the GB&W, not that it really matters for leased cars.


There are photos of WRX cars in custom lettering for several other cheese companies during this period.


Dennis Storzek 

 


Bill Welch
 

I always have wondered why Westerfield never offered their kits for WRX?

Bill Welch


Douglas Harding
 

Opps my error on the reporting marks. I got caught up in looking at the buildings.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

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---In STMFC@..., <doug.harding@...> wrote :

Another image of the same building & reefers http://www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/sites/www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/files/10-2014.JPG

 

Most likely the Marty Co began using the WRN reporting marks at the time of the expansion in 1932. The cars certainly look like ACF reefers

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

======================

Except, as was pointed out earlier, the mark is WRX, which is Western Refrigerator Co., a GB&W affiliate. The cars are undoubtedly on long term lease, to have received the custom paint job, but apparently the Marty Co. never filed for their own mark. Interestingly, Monroe is not on the GB&W, not that it really matters for leased cars.

 

There are photos of WRX cars in custom lettering for several other cheese companies during this period.

 

Dennis Storzek 

 


Tim O'Connor
 


I sent Al 1960's photos of the WRX version of the ACF reefers, but the
cars were slightly modified from the originals. Definitely could be bashed
if you have the decals.

Tim



I always have wondered why Westerfield never offered their kits for WRX?
Bill Welch