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 Posted: Sat Aug 18th, 2012 09:07 am
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teetrix

 

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Hi,

AFAIK in the most cases the hatches opened to the end of the car. To cool the cars down before loading, the hatches were opened half and cold air was blowed through the car. Sometimes the hatches were left open during the transport:
http://images.halinet.on.ca/8193/data?n=1

Here are some pictures of reefers with open hatches:
http://lariverrailroads.com/reefer.html

Interesting informations (e.g. pre-cooling)and pics from reefer roofs you find here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigerator_car
http://www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net/index.php/exhibits/equipment/rail-equipment/ventilated-refrigerator-car

If you only have ice tanks at each end of the car (there is a picture of an 1870's reefer at the linked pages), it doesn't matter in which direction the hatches opened.

Michael

Last edited on Sat Aug 18th, 2012 09:09 am by teetrix

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