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This blog discusses all aspects of North American freight cars of the steam era, from the dawn of railroading through 1960.
It is intended to support the efforts of model railroaders who wish to produce the most prototypically accurate freight cars possible.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Presentation: North From Florida: Moving Perishables to Market on the FGE/WFE/BRE System by Bill Welch

Link to a .pdf version of Bill Welch's FGE/WFE/BRE clinic:

 Bill Welch was kind enough to send along one of his clinics to share with readers of this blog. Bill is writing a much-anticipated book on the history of the FGE/WFE/BRE system - this presentation in photos and captions will give you a taste of the fascinating history of this group of companies.
This presentation is copyrighted, and should not be copied or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. 
Bill didn't want to break this up into several posts, so I originally posted all 70+ jpegs into a single blog post. That was certainly not an optimal solution.
Thanks to some input and suggestions from a couple of blog readers, most notably Richard Brennan, I decided to upload such large documents off the blog and will share them via Google Drive - accessible at the link above or by clicking 
Please let me know what you think about sharing this type of presentation on the blog. And thanks to Bill for sharing it and to Richard for his suggestion on a more efficient way to share this outstanding clinic. - 
Marty McGuirk, Steam Freight Cars Blog owner. 


  1. Works like a Charm!!
    Thanks to Bill and yourself for making this available!

  2. That was a great presentation. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My thanks to Marty and Bill for this reefer lesson.
    Reynold De Jager