Re: Atlas Freight Car Announcement

Douglas Harding

The key word is “representative”. When these cars were first released members of this group chided Atlas for inaccuracies. No one knew who Atlas’s “expert” was. And photos of the supposed Cudahy prototype seemed to be non-existent. The car had 4 hinges instead of the more common 6 hinges on the doors. The underframe was something that had not been seen on a meat reefer. And of course the operating doors and hatches were carryovers from the O scale model that Atlas downsized to HO, causing the details to appear oversize and out of scale. One solution was shave off the door hinges and replace them with Grandt Line reefer hinges while gluing the door closed. In addition only one grab iron was on the left side, requiring the addition of a second grab for many p/l schemes.


I recall four versions, with or without truss rods. Each was offered with grab irons or ladders, which may be the difference between the body styles.


Doug  Harding


From: [] On Behalf Of Aley, Jeff A
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Atlas Freight Car Announcement


A quick look at page 48 of the Atlas summer 2019 catalog ( that these are new paint schemes on their existing meat reefer. 


Atlas says, “PROTOTYPE INFORMATION: The 36’ reefer is a highly detailed model of the car that was a mainstay in the meatpacking industry during the steam era. Based upon cars built by the General American Car Company for the Cudahy Packing Co. in 1925, the 36’ wood reefer is representative of the thousands of cars that transported meat, dairy, beer and food products well into the 1960’s.”






From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Parker via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Atlas Freight Car Announcement


I am intrigued by the three variations in the 36' meat reefers, and also prefer the undecs.  Body Style 2 looks like it might be close to some Swift prototypes.  No photo yet for Body Type 1.  I am wary of the operational doors and hatches, but maybe they can be made to look OK.

Dave Parker
Riverside, CA

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