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IC & MDT steel reefers


Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
 

I would love to pore over those photos of IC and MDT reefers! And
a help would be for someone to identify build dates for these from
the 1953 & 1959 ORER:

IC 50000-50283 7' 3"IH
IC 50284-50299 7' 1"IH
IC 50300-50499 7' 1"IH
IC 56000-56399 6'11"IH (not listed 1959)
IC 58200-58232 7' 3"IH (reduced to 58200-58218 by 1959)
IC 59214-59399 7' 0"IH (not listed in 1959; ice service only)

I think (based on partial not-so-great photos) that the IC R-40-10
clones had (1) different style hinges than PFE (more like Grandt line
hinges) and (2) wide style door steps.

SOME IC reefers have a peaked thingie above the doors (where PFE has
a straight horizontal thingie). I don't know what running boards are
appropriate for IC cars.

I have a fine 1958 partial scan of MDT #13726, a reefer leased from
the IC and still bearing the IC herald. It shows the alternate style
hinges and wide steps, but unfortunately the ends are not visible.

FYI, the IC handled 52,000 carloads of bananas in 1947! Pictures
show a lot of MDT and NRC reefers, since obviously IC did not own
nearly enough reefers to handle that many carloads.

Timothy O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
Marlborough, Massachusetts


Bill Kelly
 

Tim,
Here's what I got...

IC 50000-50283 7' 3"IH
Blt by GATC 1937

IC 50284-50299 7' 1"IH
Blt by GATC 1937

IC 50300-50499 7' 1"IH
Blt by GATC 1942

IC 56000-56399 6'11"IH (not listed 1959)
converted in 1947 from 52000-55999 series which included wood cars built
from 1916 to 1922 from Haskel & Barker, ACF, Pullman, GATC

IC 58200-58232 7' 3"IH (reduced to 58200-58218 by 1959)
Blt by GATC 1937, original series 50207-50299

IC 59214-59399 7' 0"IH (not listed in 1959; ice service only)
original series 52000-55999 but I don't know when they were converted.

snip<
I have a fine 1958 partial scan of MDT #13726, a reefer leased from
the IC and still bearing the IC herald.
IC leased many reefers from MDT and NRC over the years. They had the IC
logo/herald/emblem/insignia/medallion with MDT or NRC reporting marks.
Possibly this is one of those. It would be good to know what MDT and NRC
number series were leased to IC.

Later,
Bill Kelly


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Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
 

Thanks Bill! Yes, I should have realized the reefer was leased TO
the Illinois Central, and not to MDT. Duh.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Kelly <wbkelly@...>

IC 50000-50283 7' 3"IH
Blt by GATC 1937
IC 50284-50299 7' 1"IH
Blt by GATC 1937
IC 50300-50499 7' 1"IH
Blt by GATC 1942
etc etc