MTH Premier 40′ Steel Reefer – Swift & Company (Silver)


Authorized Retailer Berwyn’s Toys & Trains in Berwyn, Illinois.

  • Road Name: St. Louis Refrigerator Car Company (SLRX)
  • Road Number: Pending
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • High Rail Wheels
  • Estimated Release: April 2022
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  MTH Custom Run / MTH Special Run

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


Additional information


20-94585, Car No. 15023, 20-94586, Car No. 15833


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