Re: New Run: Rapido HO Scale General American Meat Reefer
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Regarding the Swift "War Bonds" reefers, the photo of SRLX 6307 on page 172 of Ted's Steam Era Freight Cars Reference Manual Vol 3, the upper band shows dark (black?) lettering on a lighter background, possibly yellow. Also, the "BUY MORE WAR BONDS" appears to be lighter than the (presumably) blue bottom band. Is it possible that the blue and white bands were added to an otherwise standard yellow painted reefer, with the "BUY MORE WAR BONDS" being in red? Other than the photograph, is there any other documentation of this paint scheme?
Stone Mountain, GA
Chuck if you are referring to the photos Todd posted, those are photos of Atlas models, not the Rapido model, nor are they photos of the prototype. The Atlas model came with four hinges. Atlas claimed the model was based upon a Cudahy car built in 1925, and I have a photo of a Cudahy reefer with four hinges that appears to match the Atlas model. The car in the photo was built in 1928. Four hinges were common on earlier reefers. Some early reefers also came with eight hinges. Six hinges became the defacto with most manufactures of wood cars sometime in the 20s or 30s. One reason I heard was if a hinge failed there was two other hinges on that door to hold it in place. Hinge familiar was commonly due to wood rotting because of the high moisture related to reefers. The doors were heavy because of the construction to contain the insulation and required seals.
There are photos of wood Swift reefers with only four hinges. Though the majority of photos show six hinges. This could be because very few photos were taken in the teens and twenties, when four hinges were more common.
I have never seen any data showing the number of cars broke down by number of hinges.
The Swift reefers in the photo have doors with only 4 hinges, which stands out to me. I think most reefers have doors with 6 hinges. Can anyone tell me the difference? Were the four hinge doors lighter weight or were the hinges more heavy duty? How many reefer cars had the 4 hinge car? I assume different manufacturers built the different doors. Thanks
Santa Fe, NM
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