Two Surviving SFRD Ice Bunker Reefers
Here is a link to Ron Lehmer photo of ATSF 190457.
The caption reads, “Work trains tend to be the haven of railroad relics that just refuse to disintegrate. Here, a ribbon rail train at Hobart sports former ice reefer ATSF 190457. Check out the ice bunker doors! February 6, 1993.”
And here is a link to a David J. Stewart photo of BNSF 935023, a very similar reefer.
The caption reads, “This I would say has got to be the oldest piece of equipment BNSF owned and used. An old ATSF ice hatch reefer built in 1923 which was last used as a buffer car on a welded rail train. All of the markings are still plainly visible. The best parts are the San Bernardino Shop markings, Builders date of 23, and the BNSF reporting marks. Pueblo, Co. May14-2013.
Several people have studied this photo and agree the pre-BNSF number is ATSF 190456, one number off from the reefer in the Ron Lehmer photo.
Note the simple black round Santa Fe herald showing through the M of W silver paint. Michael Gross noted that the original as-delivered herald would have been the black and white circle within a square. The simpler black round herald was typically applied when the car went into M of W service, so it dates from that period and probably is why the herald is in such relatively good condition.