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When repainting with the "giant herald" stencilling scheme began in 1959, placard board location was changed again so they were placed within the vertical bars of the cross-and-circle heralds, as shown on Rr-2S SFRD 17749. Underframe modifi cations on the modern ized cars eliminated the original USRA end sills and stub side sills.

T hough it got al/ the other mid- 1950s improvements, this Rr-32 kept its origi nal doors. Sometime in the 1960s, the ASF spring-plankless trucks it got when first rebuilt were replaced with ASF A-3 ride control trucks. Still in revenue ser vice in the early 1 9 70s when pho tographed, its original USRA - design center sills were 40 years old.

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This portrait shot shows the short-lived early style curved-line map applied to the right sides of the later Rr-27 class reefers. An advertisement for the Santa Fe's "Chief" streamliner adorned the other side of SFRD 34944. The inverse Dreadnaught ends applied to SFRD's 1936-1940 rebuilt reefers are also clearly illustrated here. - Santa Fe Railway, author's collection
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