National Geographic : 1944 Dec
GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY BETWEEN GREAT LAKES AND PACIFIC * ^. ^WS^N'MONio-\rT7 SASKATCHEWANLWlxM"^ hONARIO - MARKETS NOW FEATURING FAMOUS WENATCHEE APPLES Wenatchee Delicious apples live up to their name. They're bg,juicy, and crisp. Many other varieties are grown in the valley. Special Handling by Great Northern Assures Freshness The red and yellow vanguard of a new and big Wenatchee apple crop is in America's mar kets-and better, in G. I. kitch ens and canteens in America and overseas. Wenatchee, in Washington's scenic Cascade country, is the "Apple Capital of the World." The amazingly fertile Wenatchee Valley produces one-sixth of the nation's annual apple crop, and a large variety of soft fruits. Great Northern encouraged and aidedfoundersofthevalley's apple industry, and has con tinued this policy through the years. Because apples require special handling, the railway maintains extensive yard facili ties in Wenatchee, and provides fruit shippers a giant fleet of modern refrigerator cars. Only choice Wenatchees go to market in original form. Other grades are converted into dried apples, juice, sauce, cider, con fections, and a base for jams and jellies. Many carloads of apple by - products are transported by Great Northern. SThe railway's efficient move ment of Wenatchee's apple crops is one of the many things which make Great Northern great. Apples are washed, graded and then wrapped individuallyfor pack ing in boxes for shipment. Great Northern's big refrigerator cars hold nearly 800 boxes-about 80,000 apples. Pre-coolingof refrigerator cars before loading is important. This requires thousands of tons of ice each shipping season. Heaters protect apples from midwinter temperatures.