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Rail Box

In May 1983, Union Pacific received 550 former Rail Box (RBOX) cars, and Missouri Pacific received 998 former RBOX cars. Instructions were issued on May 17, 1983 for the MP cars to be renumbered from the RBOX 11000-11996 series, to the new MP 356700-357684 series. New MP reporting marks were to be applied as follows: 9-inch on side; 4-inch on end; 3-inch on center sill and 2-inch inside of car, car doors, and truck bolsters. At least 53 MP cars were completed at UP's Salt Lake City One-Spot car shop between March 29 and May 19.

For the 550 cars returned to Union Pacific, the cars were to be renumbered from the RBOX 20080-20399 and 21360-21599 series, to the new UP 130000-130311 and 130400-130637 series. A standard 14-inch UP reporting mark was to be applied to the sides, 4-inch mark to the ends, and 2-inch marks were to be applied on the inside of the car, to the trucks, and any place else a reporting mark was located. at least 24 cars had been completed during the same March 29 to May 19 time period.

Pocatello On-Ground Storage

The on-ground storage facility at Pocatello went into service in July 1979, and was to be expanded during 1981. It was an industry first of storing bad-order freight cars without trucks to save yard congestion, time and money. The on-ground storage facility used Drott rubber tired cranes to move the freight cars to their selected storage sites, and to move the freight cars to the repair sites. (Union Pacific INFO magazine, February 1981, page 2)

In 1987, among the 900+ cars stored on the ground at Pocatello, without their trucks, were 19 former Western Pacific cabooses. The on-ground storage was a unique program meant to save space while freight cars awaited their turn through Pocatello's heavy repair car shops. In April 1987, the on-ground storage program came to an end, and all cars awaiting heavy repairs at Pocatello were sold for scrap, most to General Metals of Tacoma, Washington.

Demolition Shop

The Omaha demolition shop opened in January 1981, to scrap freight cars. It was similar to a shop in Pocatello, Idaho. The demolition shop included four pits in which cars were laid on their sides and cut up by men using cutting torches. Capacity of the shop was reported as four cars per day. (Union Pacific INFO magazine, January 1981, page 2)

UPFE Refrigerator Cars

From Trainorders.com, February 14, 2002:

The higher-numbered UPFE refrigerator cars are not ex-FGE. The FGMR cars obtained in the late 1990s were just relettered UPFE without being renumbered (they're in the 12000 series).

More ex-FGMR cars were obtained in 2001, and were relettered ARMH. Four-digit numbers are ex-SFLC (same numbers), five-digit numbers are ex-BNFE (same numbers). These numbers are derived from their FGMR numbers...same as the BNFE numbers; SFLC dropped the first digit.

Still more ex-FGMR cars came to UP in late 2001, from BNFE, SFLC, and WC. Those cars have kept their original reporting marks until they are rebuilt into the new "Chilled Express" cars (ARMN 991000 series).

Now, as for the original UPFEs and the higher-numbered reefers:

Anything numbered 461000 and above is either secondhand or "rehabilitated" from previous series.

Secondhand cars came from both ARMN (American Refrigerator Transit) and BAR, and are in the 461000 series, for the most part. Cars in the 462000s through 469000s are rehabilitated from older UPFE cars; the best way to determine the series is to compare the R-70-nn classifications (which didn't change). Some of the highest-numbered series here are rebuilt from ex-SPFE cars, obtained in the merger with SP.

Beginning in mid-1989, mechanical refrigerator cars of the Union Pacific Railroad Company were given program repairs, and were repainted and renumbered into various series ranging from UPFE 461401 through 469425. Equipment Registers accurately represent the introduction of these series, which were often filled over succeeding months. Origins of individual series are shown below.

Old UPFE/SPFE to New UPFE; Sorted by Year

Year
Renumbered
New Reporting
Mark
New Number
Series
Class Old Reporting
Mark
Old Number
Series
1989 UPFE 461401-461490 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1990 UPFE 461505-461676 R-70-21 UPFE/PFE 458101-458700
1990 UPFE 461701-461788 R-70-23 UPFE 459401-459500
1990 UPFE 461801-461937 R-70-25 UPFE 460101-460700
1991 UPFE 462001-462383 R-70-25 UPFE 460101-460700
1991 UPFE 462501-462517 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1992 UPFE 462600-462724 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1992 UPFE 462800-462974 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1993 UPFE 463001-463050 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1993 UPFE 463075-463173 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1993 UPFE 463201-463211 R-70-19 UPFE/UPRX/PFE 456501-456700
1994 UPFE 464001 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1994 UPFE 464002-464059 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1994 UPFE 464100-464340 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1995 UPFE 465001-465301 R-70-20 UPFE/PFE 457501-458100
1996 UPFE 466001-466175 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1996 UPFE 466200-466332 R-70-17 UPFE/PFE 455501-456000
1997 UPFE 467001-467075 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1997 UPFE 467080-467159 R-70-17 UPFE/PFE 455501-456000
1997 UPFE 467170-467316 R-70-19 UPFE/UPRX/PFE 456501-456700
1998 UPFE 468001-468093 R-70-18 SPFE/PFE 456001-456250
1998 UPFE 468125-468225 R-70-18 SPFE/PFE 456251-456500
1998 UPFE 468250-468271 R-70-19 SPFE/PFE 456501-456900
1998 UPFE 468300-468346 R-70-20 SPFE/PFE 456901-457500
1998 UPFE 468401-468412 R-70-26 UPFE 461001-461100
1999 UPFE 469001-469100 R-70-20 SPFE/PFE 456901-457500

Old UPFE/SPFE to New UPFE; Sorted by Old Number Series

Year
Renumbered
New Reporting
Mark
New Number
Series
Class Old Reporting
Mark
Old Number
Series
1989 UPFE 461401-461490 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1992 UPFE 462600-462724 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1993 UPFE 463001-463050 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1994 UPFE 464001 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1994 UPFE 464002-464059 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1991 UPFE 462501-462517 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1992 UPFE 462800-462974 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1993 UPFE 463075-463173 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1994 UPFE 464100-464340 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1996 UPFE 466001-466175 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1997 UPFE 467001-467075 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1996 UPFE 466200-466332 R-70-17 UPFE/PFE 455501-456000
1997 UPFE 467080-467159 R-70-17 UPFE/PFE 455501-456000
1998 UPFE 468001-468093 R-70-18 SPFE/PFE 456001-456250
1998 UPFE 468125-468225 R-70-18 SPFE/PFE 456251-456500
1993 UPFE 463201-463211 R-70-19 UPFE/UPRX/PFE 456501-456700
1997 UPFE 467170-467316 R-70-19 UPFE/UPRX/PFE 456501-456700
1998 UPFE 468250-468271 R-70-19 SPFE/PFE 456501-456900
1998 UPFE 468300-468346 R-70-20 SPFE/PFE 456901-457500
1999 UPFE 469001-469100 R-70-20 SPFE/PFE 456901-457500
1995 UPFE 465001-465301 R-70-20 UPFE/PFE 457501-458100
1990 UPFE 461505-461676 R-70-21 UPFE/PFE 458101-458700
1990 UPFE 461701-461788 R-70-23 UPFE 459401-459500
1990 UPFE 461801-461937 R-70-25 UPFE 460101-460700
1991 UPFE 462001-462383 R-70-25 UPFE 460101-460700
1998 UPFE 468401-468412 R-70-26 UPFE 461001-461100

Old UPFE/SPFE to New UPFE; Sorted by New Number Series

Year
Renumbered
New Reporting
Mark
New Number
Series
Class Old Reporting
Mark
Old Number
Series
1989 UPFE 461401-461490 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1990 UPFE 461505-461676 R-70-21 UPFE/PFE 458101-458700
1990 UPFE 461701-461788 R-70-23 UPFE 459401-459500
1990 UPFE 461801-461937 R-70-25 UPFE 460101-460700
1991 UPFE 462001-462383 R-70-25 UPFE 460101-460700
1991 UPFE 462501-462517 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1992 UPFE 462600-462724 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1992 UPFE 462800-462974 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1993 UPFE 463001-463050 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1993 UPFE 463075-463173 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1993 UPFE 463201-463211 R-70-19 UPFE/UPRX/PFE 456501-456700
1994 UPFE 464001 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1994 UPFE 464002-464059 R-70-15 UPFE/PFE 452001-452750
1994 UPFE 464100-464340 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1995 UPFE 465001-465301 R-70-20 UPFE/PFE 457501-458100
1996 UPFE 466001-466175 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1996 UPFE 466200-466332 R-70-17 UPFE/PFE 455501-456000
1997 UPFE 467001-467075 R-70-16 UPFE/PFE 454501-455500
1997 UPFE 467080-467159 R-70-17 UPFE/PFE 455501-456000
1997 UPFE 467170-467316 R-70-19 UPFE/UPRX/PFE 456501-456700
1998 UPFE 468001-468093 R-70-18 SPFE/PFE 456001-456250
1998 UPFE 468125-468225 R-70-18 SPFE/PFE 456251-456500
1998 UPFE 468250-468271 R-70-19 SPFE/PFE 456501-456900
1998 UPFE 468300-468346 R-70-20 SPFE/PFE 456901-457500
1998 UPFE 468401-468412 R-70-26 UPFE 461001-461100
1999 UPFE 469001-469100 R-70-20 SPFE/PFE 456901-457500

PFE Freight Car Data

Dick Harley has made available on his SmugMug site, a collection of listings and data for the Pacific Fruit Express freight car fleet.

PFE Freight Car Specialties Listings

PFE Photo Database

PFE 1951 Diagram Book

PFE 1967 Diagram Book

PFE Car Fleet Data

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