|The Ahnapee & Western had several of these wood reefers in the 1940s-50s to
haul canned goods from Door County canning plants.
In 1948 the A&W placed ten cars in service, A&W 3000-3009. They were used in condensed
milk and cherry service but were badly abused while off-line and
by the fall of 1949 only three cars (A&W 3000, 3003, 3004) were still on
the roster. By 1953 only A&W 3004 remained and it spent most of its time at the Sturgeon
Bay house track.
These cars were ex Merchants Despatch Transportation (MDT) wood
reefers built in the 1920s. Spotting features unique to these cars
include the shape of the tabs on the side sills by the truck bolsters,
the overall look of the end sill, the reinforced ends with channel stock
(applied in the 1930's or 1940's), steel straps with bolts running
around the ends onto the sides and the 41'-5" outside length.