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NOTE: We have recently learned that Jeff Ainsworth, author and owner of Monte Vista Publishing, passed away on October 16, 2023. For months, we have been unable to obtain Monte Vista books, but now find that his relatives have acquired Monte Vista's inventory making books available to dealers  once again. There will be no new Monte Vista books, but we will continue to sell previous volumes as long as supplies last. We have learned that Pacific Electric volumes 9 and 10 are now available. We will put them up on our web site when received.

MERCHANTS DISPATCH/Hinman

Default Title: $1,789.00 TWD

Merchants Despatch or, to give its full name, Merchants Despatch Transportation or MDT, was one of the largest owners and operators of refrigerator cars in the United States. Though owned by New York Central, it was independently operated from headquarters in Chicago and operated a major shop at East Rochester, New York. Over the years, not only refrigerator cars for MDT and it subsidiaries such as Northern Refrigerator Line, but many freight cars for New York Central, were built at Despatch Shops.

This company, with origins with the American Express company in 1849, eventually was incorporated in its own right and survived beyond the Penn Central merger into the Conrail era. This book describes that 150-year history in some detail, emphasizing the construction and operation of refrigerator and other freight cars. It contains a great wealth of photo illustrations, the majority never before published. It will provide freight car enthusiasts as well as New York Central fans with much interesting and valuable history and information.

List price $65.00, hardcover, 298 photos, 90 graphics and drawings, 296 pages. SKU: MDT. Posted 11-1-11.