901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
Detailed Information


Name: CRYX No. 1200 "Colorado Springs"

Railroad of Record: CSX

Type of Car: Cryogenic Refrigerator Car; Insulator Car


Interior Length: 64' 0"
Extreme Length: 75' 7"
Interior Width: 8' 11"
Extreme Width: 10' 7"
Interior Height: 11' 3"
Extreme Height: 17' 0"
Door Height: 11' 4"
Door Width: 10' 0" - 12' 0"


Tare Weight: 102,500 lbs.
Gross Car Weight Capacity: 286,000 lbs.
Load Limit: 183,500 lbs.
Cubic Capacity: 6,495 cu. ft.

Manufactured by:  Greenbrier Rail Services, Gunderson Rail Services, and Cryo-Trans, Inc.

Date Built: June 1987

In 1985, Cryo-Trans, Inc. entered the shipping world on American railroads. On August 12, 1986 a patent was filed for a Cryogenic Refrigeration System. Work began on CRYX No. 1200 in June 1987 at the Greenbrier Rail Services facility in Portland, Oregon. On July 1, the outer shell for the car was completed. The car was then sent to Gunderson Rail Services in Finley, Washington for work on the interior, cryogenic system, paint, and decals. On November 10, the patent for the cryogenic system was approved (Pat. No. 4,704,876). A Canadian patent was also filed by Cryo-Trans that year, but was not approved until December 18, 1990 (Pat. No. C 127784).

Cryo-Trans, Inc. provides customers with the opportunity to name their leased freight cars. As per tradition, the names were based on geographic locations. Upon its debut in fall 1987, CRYX No. 1200 received the name “Colorado Springs." From 1987-2015, the car mostly carried shipments of frozen french fries for McDonalds. Over the years, the car was photographed many times, usually pulled by a CSX train.

The car has an extreme height of 17' 0", a cubic capacity of 6,495 cu. ft., and load capacity of 183,500 lbs. One end of the car is outfitted with several manifolds where liquid carbon dioxide can be pumped in. The top compartment, or “bunker,” of the car would fill with CO2 and transform into a snow-like substance. The walls and floor have a series of openings and channels that allow the gas created from the snow to circulate and completely refrigerate the goods within. A car with the dimensions of CRYX No. 1200 could keep goods frozen at zero degrees Fahrenheit or lower, for a period of sixteen days during the hottest part of the summer.

From 2000-2001, Cryo-Trans converted most of their fleet to mechanically refrigerated cars due to rising CO2 costs. However, CRYX No. 1200 retained its original cryogenic system. Over the next fifteen years Cryo-Trans added longer cars to their fleet. In 2016, Cryo-Trans fully refurbished CRYX No. 1200 in Washington. Upon completion, it was donated to the B&O Railroad Museum in May 2017.

The car now resides on Platform 1 in the museum's backyard. It is open daily to the public and features an exhibition on the history of refrigerator cars in the United States and a small theater.



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