Produce Traffic & Trains

Jeff Wilson
Item #12500

See how rail moved America's produce!

From the late 1800s through the 1960s, the produce industry was a key railroad customer, as railcars transported all types of fruit and vegetables from various growing areas to the marketplace.

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From the late 1800s to the 1960s, the railroad industry faced a unique challenge: What was the best way to ship fresh produce across the U.S. to prevent spoiling? Produce Traffic & Trains looks at the development of refrigerator cars and how their development led to wide-scale growing and shipping of produce.

Covered topics include:
  • The development of refrigerator cars, car fleets, and produce terminals.
  • Harvesting, loading, shipping, and delivering fresh produce, and later frozen products.
  • Running express trains, making ice and icing stations, and carrying out perishable operations.
Author: Jeff Wilson
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112
Color photos: 200
Author Bio
Jeff Wilson has written more than 30 books about railroads and model railroading. He spent 10 years on the staff of Model Railroader magazine and for the past 10 years has been an associate editor in the books division of Kalmbach Media Co., in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition to books, Jeff has had dozens of articles published in magazines including Model Railroader, Trains, FineScale Modeler, and Referee.
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