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Let's Chill: 1943

Let's Chill: 1943

March 1943. "San Bernardino, California. Cars being precooled at the ice plant. Air at a temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit is blown through the cars for 20 minutes in one direction, then in the other. Shippers specify the number of hours precooling required for their product." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

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Comfort at the remove...

When young, 50 years or more ago, I worked unloading freight cars, usually 20 pound bags of charcoal, in 80-90 degree summertime heat, the only respite was the occasional reefer. Whether vegetables or fish, we loved the frigid interiors, and lingered as long as possible on those jobs.

Ice plant at the end

This photo, taken in the Santa Fe "B Yard" in San Bernardino Yard in 1973, shows the facility at the very end of the "icer" era. San Bernardino was also the main point for servicing the mechanical refrigeration units which replaced the ice cooled reefers. Now, most railroad mechanical refrigerator cars have been retrofitted with the same style of refrigeration units used on trucks, and the most modern cars use cryogenic cooling.

Now you know my name

Brings back a lot of memories, we also iced passenger cars before air conditioning on the C.P.R. and this was in the 1950's on the Canadian prairies. aaahh memories!

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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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