Overhead Bunker cars, from another railroads perspective



      Doing some clean-up of paper files this week, I came upon the folder of data I’d had photocopied of overhead bunker reefer cars by the MNHS. To be sure there has been conversation of this topic here in prior years. Searching with the term overhead bunker gets 68 hits, though not all are about overhead bunker reefers (CN, CP, and FOBX), many are.


       Pertinent, IMHO, are posts 8899, 18270, 56480, 109440, 116790, 117447. There are other posts to be sure however the above are generally the originating comment or question.


In addition, F&C (missed you guys at CCB, hope you’re well) has kit cars available:  as do True Line Trains:  

I am not trying to sell on behalf of the above vendors, only listing modeling options. 
And of N-scale:


The GHQ site seems to have a lot of good research; however the data is blurred out. I may have to register to clearly read the data unless someone has a work around to suggest.  


Onto the data I found – in the Northern Pacific Rwy Corporate files at the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. The data is presented for education enlightenment.  Now that these photocopies of the originals have been preserved by me in electronic form, I can recycle the paper. Only cubic yards yet to go.  

The files have data that does not duplicate (at least I have not overtly found so) any data already in the STMFC files.  And so I hope it is of use. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jim Dick        Roseville, MN



That was a  interesting read.  Thanks for posting that.  I wonder how the 8 hatch reefers would be iced when not on home road icing stations.  Especially when they needed special tools to stir the ice brine.  Plus needing chopped/shaved ice instead of crushed.  It's still amazing they could get such low temps with the ice brine.

Scott McDonald