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Bangor & Aroostook Reefers (Not Leased)

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  • thecitrusbelt
    In a few recent postings it has been said that Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR) leased or rented reefers to Pacific Fruit Express. This is not true. PFE had
    Message 1 of 3 , May 26, 2014
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      In a few recent postings it has been said that Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR) leased or rented reefers to Pacific Fruit Express.  This is not true. 

       

      PFE had a sharing arrangement in which BAR provided their reefers to PFE during the summer, which was the off-season for Aroostook County potatoes.  This was not a matter of potato loads coming west and the cars being reloaded with produce headed east.  The arrangement was based on seasonal need with groups of refrigerator cars being shifted east or west as needed.

       

      PFE had similar arrangements with American Refrigerator Transit Company (ART), Fruit Growers Express (FGE) and Merchants Despatch Transportation Company (MDT).  As Santa Fe was both a regional and seasonal competitor, no such arrangement existed for the sharing of SFRD reefers.

       

      These BAR refrigerator cars were built by Pacific Car & Foundry to PFE a design with 500 built in 1951-52 (7000-7499) and another 357 (7500-7586) in 1953. These reefers were yellow with six-foot plug doors. They were very similar to the R-40-26 PFE reefers in the 8001-10000 series (renumbered to 66001-66999 in 1970) delivered to PFE in 1951-52.

       

      Here are links to two BAR reefers in the yellow paint scheme:

       

      http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1592764

       

      http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1592758

       

      Tony Thompson noted that these BAR cars originally were yellow but in the late 1950s BAR repainted them an orange.  Here is a link to a model of an orange BAR reefer:

       

      http://www.pbase.com/golden1014/image/101810404

       

      Bob Chaparro

      Moderator

       

       

    • Richard Brennan
      At 12:20 PM 5/26/2014, thecitrusbelt@yahoo.com [citrusmodeling] wrote: PFE had a sharing arrangement in which BAR provided their reefers to PFE during
      Message 2 of 3 , May 26, 2014
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        At 12:20 PM 5/26/2014, thecitrusbelt@... [citrusmodeling] wrote:
        <snip>PFE had a sharing arrangement in which BAR provided their reefers to PFE during the summer, which was the off-season for Aroostook County potatoes.  This was not a matter of potato loads coming west and the cars being reloaded with produce headed east.  The arrangement was based on seasonal need with groups of refrigerator cars being shifted east or west as needed.

        Here is a Jim Parker photo, re-posted with permission, of BAR 7645 as the meat in a PFE sandwich. []

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        Richard Brennan - San Leandro CA
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      • cliffprather
        Lease is not the correct term for the arrangement that BAR and PFE had for using each others cars at certain times of the year. The companies were
        Message 3 of 3 , May 26, 2014
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          Lease is not the correct term for the arrangement that BAR and PFE had for using each others cars at certain times of the year.   The companies were compensated by the mileage charges that were paid for the use of the cars and not by rent or lease payments.


          The BAR and PFE in 1954 did enter into contract which provided for the use by each party of the refrigerator cars owned by the other (testimony by W. Gordon Robinson, President BAR at a hearing on the applications by the AT&SF and SP to control the WP), The agreement did not obligate the PFE to use BAR cars for any specific mileage.


          Cliff

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