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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Actually a friend of mine has pictures of PFE reefers in Vancouver Canada and potentially in other parts of southern British Columbia. As you said they could be fit in anywhere with some imagination.

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  • john_holt
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    Thanks James and Glen. After more than a few hours on the internet, it appears these PFE cars (R-40-23) were for fruit and veggies only. I posted my question because I thought I remembered an article about some of these cars being converted to meat service and were given special markings. But it seems meat reefers were set up with brine tanks and also had no air circulating fans as these fans would tend to dry out hanging beef and such. Most meat service cars were usually marked with packing plant names, Swift, Hormel and such. One neat thing I discovered is that at some time (season) or another PFE reefers could be found traveling in all 48 states. So a few of these cars could work on just about any railroad provided they fit the era you are modeling.

    PFE did have some R-70-9 in the sixties that did haul beef and other meat products but that is past my modeling era and these cars are more modern.

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  • jbvb
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    PFE owned a lot of cars and operated for many years, so it wouldn't surprise me if once in a while a load of meat got shipped in a PFE car. But as Glen says, meat wasn't business PFE was looking for so their cars weren't going to be anyone's first choice. A lot of non-fruit produce originated in the PFE service area, so you'd see vegetables etc. in PFE cars, plus nursery stock, flowers etc.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    John, as far as I know PFE never got into the meat transport business. PFE was jointly owned by both UP and SP and with the introduction of reliable cooling, Farmers in the southern states were able to take advantage of the PFE car year-round. As well the Meat Reefer were equipped differently than the fruit cars with racking and rods to hang sides of pork and beef.

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  • john_holt
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    PFE Reefers

    I have a question about Pacific Fruit Express cars. Obviously, these cars carried fresh fruit, no question there. The question I have is were these cars ever used to carry beef or other meat products? And if so, how were the markings on the cars different to separate the two? The cars I am referring to are the R-40-23, UP/SP reefer units running before 1953. Thanks.
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