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Bangor & Aroostook

Written by jbritton. Posted in Freight

Though the BAR was a relatively minor player in the reefer trafficing, there are some interesting tidbits worth noting. I've learned through several former employees that a lot of the BAR traffic from Maine was routed west, then down the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) to their produce terminal at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In fact, that was the route used by their notorius potatoes bound for Philadelphia. They interchanged from the D&H to the PRR at Harrisburg.

One popular BAR scheme featured red, white and blue stripes and featured the slogan "STATE OF MAINE" with either "PRODUCTS" or "POTATOS" below. Reefers were used in potato traffic during the warmer months but box cars were often sufficient during other months.

The BAR also had a number of wood reefers in the 6000-6999 number series. According to a source on the Atlas Forum this was the RS class of various 40' wood reefers with steel fishbelly underframes. They were purchased second hand from MDT in 1950 and had original build dates of 1926. Most were retired between 1955 and 1964.

HO Scale Models

R-40-10 Refrigerator Car

InterMountain #46706P - Late Scheme

50' PS-1 Single Door Boxcar

Included due to potato trafficing.

InterMountain #45916 - State of Maine Products

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