Re: Lindberg HO Scale Refrigerator Car

Richard Hendrickson

On May 13, 2012, at 10:22 PM, Bob C wrote:

Lindberg once produced a line of HO locomotives and cars in the 1950s
and 1960s which included a refrigerator car. This link show several
offerings from that line and the refrigerator car is among several in
the image:

Was there any prototype basis for this car, or any other Lindberg cars
for that matter?
The image of the reefer in that ad is too small to say anything
useful about its prototype, if any, except that it certainly was NOT
an SFRD car, as the model had 4' wide doors and Santa Fe cars all had
5' wide doors. In general, IIRC, Lindberg's cars appear to have been
based on drawings in the Car Builders' Cyclopedias, though that might
not be true in every case. Then, of course, they painted and
lettered them for whatever railroads they thought might have market
appeal, regardless of prototypical accuracy. And some of the freight
cars never made it to the market (at least, not in any significant
numbers) before Lindberg folded.

Richard Hendrickson

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