Preco Mechanical Icing Machine (The PRECO Company)


Bob Chaparro
 

PRECO was the shorthand name for the Pacific Railway Equipment Company of Los Angeles. They made box car load dividers, refrigerator car portable heaters and wheel driven mechanical and alternator powered refrigerator car fans. See their ads in Simmons-Boardman Car Builders Cyclopedia 1957 and 1966.

Jerry Britton's Keystone Crossing website sheds a little more light on these mechanical fans and states "A modeling/spotting feature on ice reefers is a "sill-mounted Preco fan".  

PRECO began marketing them and PFE began their use in 1941. FGEX followed three years later. By 1945, 7000 reefers had them and by 1950 one-third of the reefer fleet had them. Mechanical drive was superseded by electrical drive in the early 1950s, allowing the fans to be mounted near the ceiling.

PRECO also manufactured a prototype articulated "pendulum-suspension" coach which employed a passive tilt system on curves in order to eliminate jounce. The articulated test car (constructed largely of plywood) consists of two separate car bodies joined by a shared center truck.

The icing machine was new to me.

The company's large factory in Los Angeles was demolished (date unknown) and the site is now a warehouse. I believe they are no longer in business.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


 

Getting into PCL territory, but PRECO also built 3 other prototype Pendulum coaches, one each for ATSF, CB&Q, and GN. These ran in general service.

 

 

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Brian Ehni

 

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PRECO also manufactured a prototype articulated "pendulum-suspension" coach which employed a passive tilt system on curves in order to eliminate jounce. The articulated test car (constructed largely of plywood) consists of two separate car bodies joined by a shared center truck.

 

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Charlie Vlk
 

Besides the plywood prototype Pendulum car, they made three Pendulum coaches that were sold to the ATSF, GN, and CB&Q. They also built many freight cars....
Charlie Vlk