Freight Cars

GATX 1956 Swift Refrigerator Line (SRLX) 15802
GATX 1956
Swift Refrigerator Line (SRLX) 15802
Description:RSM Steel Reefer

Equipment Information

Swift 15802 is an all-steel refrigerated boxcar, or “reefer,” built to transport meat and animal carcasses that required refrigeration. It is an ice reefer, with insulated sides and “bunkers” at each end where blocks of ice were loaded to keep the car’s interior and contents cool. It was railroad cars like this that enabled Chicago, with its huge stockyards complex on the south side, to become the fabled “hog butcher to the world.”

Builder: General American Transportation
Year Built: 1956
Length: 40ft 5in
Width: 10ft 2in
Height: 13ft 10in
Weight: 55700 lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: American Steel Foundries
Description: RSM Steel Reefer
Arrived: 1989
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational

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