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The GTW 206447 Reefer Project

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Organized by Chad Thompson
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The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
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The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - back
The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - back
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Save the Reefer! Help Move History! Buy a shirt to save and move reefer GTW 206447 today!

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All funds raised will go directly to PORT HURON & DETROIT RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY .
74 items sold
$1,650 raised
150 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
T-shirt - Sports Grey
  • The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • The GTW 206447 Reefer Project Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
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Organized by Chad Thompson

About this campaign

Save the Reefer! Help Move History! By buying a shirt, you will be helping to preserve and move Grand Trunk Western 206447, an ice brine reefer box car from Holland, MI to the safety and preserving efforts of the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society of Port Huron Township, MI. The move will involve a couple of semi-tractor trucks and their drivers for a distance of approximately 225 miles! All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to this effort, with any balance going to the following restoration of the reefer into a cosmetically correct climate controlled shop and secure storage area for use by the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society.

Reefer GTW 206447 is truly a unique piece of equipment in a mostly complete state. It is likely the sole remaining example of 100 Canadian designed reefers of the efficient overhead ice brine design. These reefers were built for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company in July through August of 1955 by the Pacific Car & Foundry at Renton, WA. The efficient design allowed for actual climate control, both cold and warm temperatures with usage of either the aforementioned overhead ice brine tanks or the under-mounted charcoal heater. These reefers had an astounding 3500 mile range before requiring re-charge with the ice brine coolant system. Hauling everything from meat, produce, to auto parts, these reefer box cars allowed the Grand Trunk Western to offer a premium service that allowed for reliable shipment of commodities that required specific temperature requirements. After serving for the Grand Trunk Western, GTW 206447 was likely retired in 1972 or 1973, likely being one of the last of its type in revenue service. It was likely sold to a chicken slaughter house in Holland, MI, now a strip mall, and was spotted on the old Pere Marquette Ottawa Beach Branch next to the slaughter house where it was used as an overflow freezer. The reefer has been there ever since the slaughter house shut down, awaiting a sure fate of the scrapper’s torch until the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society stepped in and literally saved the reefer from scrapping. This is where you come in. With your financial support of buying our fundraiser T-shirt, you too can take part in preserving this unique piece of Grand Trunk Western Railroad history, TODAY!

Act now, save the reefer, help move history!


Update
Four members of the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society have come forward to match ALL proceeds from this fundraiser up to $2000! So any amount you can give will help the cause! $5, $10, $20, $35, $50, $100, any amount you can give will help the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society move, preserve, and cosmetically restore GTW 206447!

Here is GTW 206447 in its current state (Photo courtesy of Jason LeBrasseur):
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Supporters

Albert Moon 3 items
Cattanach 1 item + $5

In memory of my dad Rich Cattanach

Nick Hovey 1 item

One more for the House Car Heroes, it's Reefer Madness in Michigan!

Rod Miller 1 item

Everybody wants to save locomotives. It's nice to see a worthwhile piece of rolling stock get some attention. It's a little cheaper and seems much more practical. Good Luck!

Dane Reynolds 1 item

Bought a shirt cause somebody told me I had too... Stop telling me how to live my life Gaffney!

Laughing Frog Images 1 item
Moi $52

We simply have to keep history alive, least we forget.

Carol Herbert 2 items
kelly countryman $10
Fritz Milhaupt $50

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