Resin Car Works’ chief minion, Frank Hodina, was inspired to pull models from storage and snap a few photos. Here are Frank’s details.
Steve Hile tossed a shiny new object across my path. He’s working on a Swift reefers clinic. So, I pulled some of my models out for photos. And I kept pulling them out. Then Eric said this would make a cool blog post. All of these reefers are Sunshine Models resin kits. I did created the original patterns for Martin Lofton to cast.
Let’s start at the head end (right) and move along the string of cars.
First in line is a Hygrade’s car built by General American built car. Next is a North American Despatch reefer leased to Hormel in the 12000-13899 series.
Here’s the next few reefers from right to left. The URTX Oscar Mayer, URTX/Dubuque, and GARX reefers are all General American built cars. The last car is Cudahy Car Lines in series CRLX 5501-6250. Cudahy also leased cars from General American which were in the 1501-1600 series.
Each of the three Swift reefers follow prototypes of the company fleet.
Martin Lofton pulled together prototype data on these reefers when Sunshine Models produced them as resin kits. First the number series has nothing to do with age of the car. SRLX 6714 (6700-6999 series) is the oldest car in the group, being built in the mid 20’s.
A main spotting feature are those riveted plates at the end of the bolster and crossbearers. There were still 118 of these cars in 1956.
Next would be SRLX 5687 (5200-5799 series) which were built in the late 20’s.
These cars have exposed bolster end and crossbearers and were the last cars purchased before General American purchased the Swift fleet. 403 of these reefers were still around in 1956.
The last SRLX 2581 (2500-2874 series) is the newest of the three being leased by General American to Swift.
The series had a solid side sill which was different that other Swift reefers. 333 of these cars were around in 1956.
Following the Swift reefers is a car owned by Wilson Car Lines.
A simple question inspired me to bring out an assortment of old models and share images and details on the blog. It was great to see these out on the rails again/
Since I have time on my hands, I also pulled a Bachmann Berk out of the stash to detail and paint. I need a nice Berk for these meat reefers.
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