Re: Express Reefers?


James SANDIFER
 

Hey Bob, your neighbor here.

The express reefer photos I have seen generally have "Railway Express Agency", a number or "REX" and number, and "refrigerator" on them. They do not have dimensional data or weight limit data as on a traditional house car.

 

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J. Stephen Sandifer

Minister Emeritus, Southwest Central Church of Christ

Webmaster, Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society

 

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First, I'm hoping this still fits the designation of a freight car!

I've recently decided to do some rebuilding of some acquired models.
Since I model in S scale when a complete award winning passenger train
became available I jumped on it despite being only generally correct for
my railroad. The train was built with mid 60's era techniques, while
the cars themselves have a B & M prototype of maroon cars. It's
lettering was for the owner private road. It also came with a Hoods
milk reefer, which I didn't need, later sold.

A couple of years ago, I also acquired a wooden express reefer (think
Ambroid) but the silk screened sides were totally incorrect so I removed
the scribed sides. Meanwhile I had acquired an set of silk screened
sides for a SOO Line express reefer in Pullman green with gold leaf type
lettering. I'm in the process of adding those sides and updating the
former applied detail parts like ladders and grabs. I noticed that
there is no dimensional data on these sides. I have three additional
express reefers that I built over 40 years ago that do have typical
freight car data as part of those sides. So I also checked my spare
decal sets and find none of the passenger car sets from Champ or anybody
else contain any of this data.

As it is now, the sides contain a road # and the word 'Refrigerator' on
one side and 'Railway Express Agency' on the other side of the doors.
The SOO line designation runs along the top above the doors. Overall
the car looks very sparse. However, I've seen photos of of several
models and so far none have much more than what I have.

So my question is: was this data optional? or are my vintage express
cars that I built have the lettering incorrect. Since the lettering is
in gold leaf, would any additional lettering be the same color? My
thoughts might be that they may have used a cheaper method with the
smaller data that was less advertising in nature.

Thanks for any help.

Bob Werre
BobWphoto.com

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