Photo: PFE 95325 (R-30-9/R-40-9)


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: PFE 95325 (R-30-9/R-40-9)

A photo from the University of Texas-Arlington Archives:

https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery/img/20089211

Click on the photo twice to fully enlarge it.

Photo taken 1942. Spotted at Fort Worth Wholesale Grocery Produce Co. Looks like a lot of activity at this location.

If you are modeling a scene such as this be sure to include the debris and weeds as this certainly adds character to the scene.

I cannot determine whether this is a Class R-30-9 or R-40-9 reefer as it is in a series of cars (91022-98718) that included both classes. This series consisted of cars reconditioned in 1938-1940 from Classes R-30-11 to R-30-14 plus R-40-2. In addition to their wood sheathing these cars retained their all-wood superstructures and original underframes. After the date of this photo, staring in 1949, PFE again began a reconditioning program which included replacing the all-wood superstructures with steel framing.

There is good coverage of these cars in the PFE book:

https://www.signaturepress.com/PFE/pfe2.html

Bob Chaparro

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