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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Reefer - 50 Foot, Mechanical
Name Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Reefer
Variety 50 Foot, Mechanical
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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History: The purpose of a mechanical reefer is to keep perishable items cold. Early reefers were of all wood construction and used ice for cooling. By the 1940s, new reefers were being built entirely of steel. Insulating techniques improved to the point where economical refrigeration could be accomplished using steel side plates in place of wood sheathing. Fifty foot mechanical reefers date back to at least the late 50s / early 60s.

The mechanical reefers could keep a more regular temperature, and often times colder than what the ice bunker cars were capable of. Initially mechanical reefers were used primarily in frozen food service. This would soon change as mechanical refrigeration began to replace ice-based systems. Soon after, mechanical refrigeration units replaced the “armies” of personnel required to re-ice the cars.

History: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


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Item created by: gdm on 2018-02-21 15:05:51. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-02 10:11:31

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