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History: Plug-Door boxcars are usually insulated and typically carry products such as canned goods that require protection from extremes of temperature but do not require refrigeration. Plug-style doors were normally used to ensure a tight seal in the insulation. Designed for transport of both perishables and large loads, plug doors allowed box cars to be sealed from outside dust and dirt. Cars like these were manufactured during the 50s and 60s.
Whether you consider this a reefer or a boxcar is a matter for angel-pinhead-counters. There seems to be a bit of a blurry line during the transition era between the idea of a steel ice reefer and an insulated boxcar. I guess an ice reefer was meant to hold ice for cooling but I doubt this is a cut-and-dry distinction. Modern "mechanical" reefers are a different breed as they contain a refrigeration unit which quite distinctly sets them apart from "boxcars".
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.
Item Links: We found: 2 different collections associated with Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Boxcar - 40 Foot Steel Plug Door
Item created by: gdm on 2018-02-22 00:22:33. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-22 00:23:25
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