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Tropicana began in 1947 in Bradenton, Florida, and grew from 50 employees to over 8,000. Early distribution was hand-delivered juice jars to nearby homes, but demand grew. By 1957, a ship, S.S. Tropicana was taking 1.5 million gallons of juice to New York each week.
In 1970, a mile-long Tropicana Juice Train train began carrying one million gallons of juice with one weekly round-trip. Beginning on Seaboard Coast Line, it used former SAL and ACL tracks. It crossed over to the R,F,& P in Richmond at pier 5 of the famous concrete James River Bridge. At Potomac Yard, Penn Central took it under the wire with GG1s and E44's most of the way to Kearny, NJ.
There have been more than a few changes over the years. Tropicana, now a division of PepsiCo, became the world's leading producer of branded fruit juices. Conrail took over from ill-fated Penn Central, with electrification discontinued in 1981. SCL became part of CSX in 1980, as did R,F,& P 10 years later in 1991. In 1997, a second Juice Train began serving Cincinnati. When CSX acquired part of Conrail in 1999, an all-CSX train began traveling to a new larger facility in Jersey City. Rolling stock has also changed, including orange, white, and blue cars, some with innovative refrigeration. FEC is now carrying Tropicana cars from a 2nd processing facility in eastern Florida. A reliable and economically viable transport mode, the Juice Train(s) are also a powerful mode of advertising, running ten trips each week to Jersey City and Cincinnati.
Let's have some fun sharing photos, maps, files, stories, questions, and web links, basically anything relating to Tropicana's Juice Trains.