Charles Wales Photo, William Hopkins Collection, early 1948, Washington, DC

Between 1935 and 1950, the Santa Fe rebuilt its large fleet of USRA type refrigerator cars. While retaining the signature fishbelly center sills of the originals, the rebuilds were otherwise state-of-the-art in all other respects. The original classes Rr-W, -X, -Y, -2, -3, -4 were rebuilt into classes Rr-16, -18, -19, -23, -25, -27, -28, -32, -33, -34, -35, -36, -39, -40, -43, -45, -46, -48. A total of 10,246 cars were rebuilt.

The car pictured was rebuilt in 1944-1945 and assigned to class Rr-35, nos. 7029-7358.

For more information about these cars and other Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch cars, Santa Fe Railway Rolling Stock Reference Series - Volume Two - Refrigerator Cars, Ice Bunker Cars 1884-1979, by C. Keith Jordan, Richard H. Hendrickson, John B. Moore, A. Dean Hale, is an invaluable resource. While out-of-print, it is available secondhand.

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