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lettering for Illinois Central’s all-steel refrigerator cars w/extended diamond - 1950’s scheme
Two thirds of all bananas consumed in the US were supplied by the United Fruit Co and Standard Fruit & Steamship Line from Central America to the port of New Orleans. The Illinois Central Railroad was the prime mover of bananas and other perishable fruits from the ports of New Orleans all the way to Minnesota via Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. In October1937, the IC received 300 all steel ice reefers from GATC under O.O. 2782 as Series 50000-50299. In the early 1950’s, ice staging circular fans were installed and the updated diamond was applied.
Notes on decal placement: the vertical aligned diamond and reporting marks are placed in two different locations: on the as-delivered scheme with the road name contained within the diamond, all were placed centered on the second vertical panel seam from the left end (IC-2a). When the cars had stage icing and circular fans installed, the vertical stack of lettering moved to the right and were centered on the
Paint & Lettering: Body color was chrome yellow (IC spec 24-C) ; silver-gray roof and IC green lettering, herald and side sill striping. Beginning in 1950, the new IC herald with the road name extending beyond the diamond (IC 50058 above). Underframe black car cement.
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet