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HIYA...

Ok time for an almost stupid question ..
On wooden refrigerator cars, does the hatch bracket point to the inside of the car or towards the end?


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Not sure what you mean by 'hatch bracket'?   But if you mean the hinges, then it can be either direction.   They made cars both ways.   Not sure why but there are plenty of prototypes showing both.

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HIYA....

I could only find side pictures but I should have looked for ice door or something like that.
I just glued them down a scale foot in and three boards from the end.

Rob

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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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HIYA..

The cars I'm working on are 4 hatch 36' cars that MDC produced. I got them with the thought of putting a small butcher shop outside city limits and having them transport fresh meat to a canery, where something like "Pops Beefstew " might be served with some light street running.
I'm also going to need a can making factory.
Which all the factory's will be served by my traction line, and all the employee will ride the trolleys to work because cars are just yucky....:)

Rob

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