Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company
Refrigerated Milk Car F22

on display at PTM In service as refrigerated milk car 1919 (PRT Co. photo)


Car Number F22 Car Builder J.G. Brill Company, Philadelphia
Year Built 1913 Year Acquired 1982
Type DT DE Refrigerated Box Motor Seats n/a
Length XX'X" Width 8'0"
Height 11'3" Weight  
Motors GE 80A Status Stored inoperable, Trolley Display Building

In 1913, roads were few but farms were plentiful.  And the farmers needed a way to move their goods to the marketplace.  For some things, the horse and buggy just wouldn't work - milk, for example.  Because it spoiled so readily, it had to be moved to market quickly.

Philadelphia Rapid Transit served areas that were then very much rural, and purchased this car specifically for the transportation of milk.  Farmers would bring their cans a relatively short distance to a trolley freight station, and F-22 would come by to pick them up and deliver them, refrigerated, to dairies in the city.

The service was short-lived due to motor freight (truck) competition, but the car lingered on.  It spend 30 years as a trash collection vehicle (renumbered T-16) on the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated line prior to coming to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in 1982.  After being modified cosmetically in trash service, F-22 is currently undergoing restorative work to backdate its appearance to how it looked when originally built in 1913.

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