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Northern Refrigerator

Transportation Company - Northern Refrigerator - Railroad
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Company NameNorthern Refrigerator
Final Year of Operation1962
Successor/ParentMerchants Despatch (Details)
CountryUnited States (Details)
Transportation Company - Northern Refrigerator - Railroad

Company History: Northern Refrigerator Line (reporting mark NRC) began as a subsidiary of the Cudahy Packing Co. and was spun off in 1922 as Northern Refrigerator Car Company. In 1928, NRC was purchased by Merchants Despatch but continue operating as a separate entity. Merchants Despatch formally absorbed NRC in 1962, but cars retained their NRC reporting marks.
The bulk of the fleet was Pullman 40' Wood Reefers following the USRA design with steel fishbelly underframes, built in the 1920s.
Successor/Parent History:
Merchants Despatch Transportation called East Rochester, NY home and most of its railroad cars were built there starting in 1898. Here are several illustrations scanned from a 1928 MDT 12-month calendar showing some of the different cars and specifically refrigerator cars that were built by MDT for different purposes.

The Merchants Despatch Transportation Company (MDT, also known as the Merchants Despatch Refrigerator Line) was established in 1857 or 1858 by the American Express Company of New York (then a freight forwarding service). The entity was reformed as a joint stock trading company on June 1, 1869, with ownership divided among the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway (CCC&I), the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, and the New York Central Railroad (NYC), all part of the Cornelius Vanderbilt rail empire.

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Item created by: gdm on 2017-10-10 09:57:47. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-08-29 15:19:15

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