Pacific Fruit Express, Thompson, Church Jones authors, Signature Press publisher
A thorough and complete history of the world's largest refrigerator car operator, the Pacific Fruit Express Company. Photos, scale car drawings, shop track layouts, system map, paint scheme drawings, and accurate color drift panels. It included an appendix, a complete index, and a comprehensive bibliography. Covered in detail are company history, management organization, turn of the century predecessor refrigerator cars, all classes of wood and steel ice refrigerator cars, mechanical refrigerators, trailers, flat cars and containers, car repair shops, natural ice and manufactured ice plants, western agricultural development and produce shipping, and an album of PFE in action across America, along with an Appendix of 34 pages, a fully detailed bibliography, and an index.
The book has been re-issued as a second edition. A number of corrections and additions were made in the text, and improved photographs were included in some cases; the total number of corrected pages is about 100. Furthermore, 56 new color images, as well as tabular equipment summaries, were also added, bringing 32 new pages to the book. In all, about a third of the pages in the new edition are new or revised. There are now 744 total photographs in the book (64 in color), along with 52 drawings, maps, and other graphics. A triple-width foldout map of the PFE system by cartographer John Signor is retained.
Size: 472 pages, 8.5" x 11"; 52 maps and drawings, 744 photographs, index, bibliography
ISBN: 1-930013-03-5 Publication date: August 15, 2000