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.
Swift and Company was incorporated in Chicago in 1875, founded twenty years earlier by Gustavus Franklin Swift. He grew his company into an international business, initially opening a shop in London, England in 1900. Swift offered a wide variety of products, including: fresh, cured, and smoked meats, meat specialties, poultry, eggs, butter, cheese, oleomargarine, lard, shortening, cooking and salad oils, and soaps. In 1921, sales exceeded $1.1 billion. By the end of World War II, it employed over 20,000 people.The
The St. Louis Refrigerator Car Company (SLRX) was a private refrigerator car line established on February 3, 1878, by Anheuser-Busch. SLRX was formed to facilitate large-scale distribution of its products via the U.S. rail network, expanding to serve other industries. The SLRX built its own bunkerless reefers, and maintained and operated them.
- 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