Sell, Mortimer, Sell!
February 8, 2012 8:40 PM Subscribe
posted by pjern (31 comments total)
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Railfans love it. Model Railroaders adore it. Economics people study it. The Tropicana Corporation runs between 10 and 12 30-to-50-car trains of it every week. Behold, 5000 tons of Orange Juice on the move.
One of the most successful railroad-shipper unit trains, the Tropicana Juice Train
has been running continuously since 1971. Long the subject of efficiency studies
, the Juice Train has special runs of model railroad refrigerator cars
devoted to it, and is hawked and chased by railfans at every turn.
The cars just don't carry orange juice out of Florida, either. On their return trip to the plant in Bradenton, the trains are marketed to other produce and vegetable shippers as the Sunshine Special
for produce and foodstuffs heading to market in Florida and South America.