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36' Old Time Reefer


PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:
The use of ice to refrigerate and preserve food dates back to
prehistoric times. Through the ages, the seasonal harvesting of
snow and ice was a regular practice of many cultures. By the turn
of the 20th century, manufactured ice became more common. The
Pacific Fruit Express (PFE), for example, maintained seven natural
harvesting facilities, and operated 18 artificial ice plants. Their
largest plant (located in Roseville, California) produced 1,100 tons
of ice daily, and Roseville’s docks could accommodate up to 254
cars. At the industry’s peak, 1,200,000 tons of ice was produced for
refrigerator car use annually.
A late-19th century wood-bodied reefer required re-icing every 250
miles (400 km) to 400 miles (640 km). The typical ice-bunker reefer
from the 1920s were originally constructed with wood sheathing.
Later, these early wood constructed cars would be replaced with
steel constructed cars with plywood interiors by the 1940s. Vents in
the bunker at the end of the car, along with slots in the wood floor
racks, allowed cool air to circulate around the contents.
Model Features -
  • Fully assembled and ready to operate
  • Separately applied brake wheel and roof walk
  • Molded truss rods with turnbuckles
  • Molded plastic underframe with brake cylinder
  • Screw mounted trucks for accurate tracking
  • McHenry knuckle couplers installed
  • Packed in a jewel case

Road Name
Road #
Image MSRP Our $ Part #
American Refrigerator Transit
220
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06490
247
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06491
259
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06492
Santa Fe
20865
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06493
20894
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06494
20927
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06495
Pacific Fruit Express
4628
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06576
4703
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06577
4774
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06578
Grand Union
90104
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06579
90107
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06580
90109
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-06581
Mathieson Dry Ice
8840
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-11554
8850
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-11555
8860
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-11556
Schlitz/URTC
3752
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-11557
3754
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-11558
3757
$22.98 $18.38 ATH-11559

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