Refrigerator cars, also commonly referred to by their shortened name as “reefers” were a revolutionary design that allowed for the widespread shipment of perishable food products such as dairy, meat, and vegetables.
The earliest such cars date back to the mid-19th century, naturally using ice as a means of cooling. After the development of the frozen food industry in the 1950s the reefer began to loose its near monopoly on the country’s perishable business.
A late-19th century wood-bodied reefer required re-icing every 250 to 400 miles. In the latter half of the 20th century, mechanical refrigeration began to replace ice-based systems.
- Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
- Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
- Colorful, Attractive Paint Schemes
- Opening Doors
- Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
- Needle-Point Axles
- 1:48 Scale Dimensions
- Unit Measures: 11 5/8” x 2 3/4” x 3 9/16”
- Operates On O-31 Curves