Anyone Want A First Generation SFRD Mechanical Reefer?
I am good friends with a person working for a major model manufacturer. His area of expertise is product development.
For years he and I have been discussing the possibility of bringing to market an accurate HO scale first generation SFRD mechanical refrigerator car. The cut-off year would be 1960.
The car would be produced in styrene and probably only in R-T-R form.
From our discussions this project almost came to fruition a few years ago but stalled due to competition from other projects.
Times have changed and now this has become a real possibility.
There are "foobie" cars offered by Athearn and Walthers, but I share a belief with others that there is a market for a more accurate car.
First, I want to hear from you which first generation mechanical reefer is of most interest to you and specifically why you are interested in a particular car.
Your choices are the following SFRD classes:
Rr-31 (5 cars - 1955)
Rr-54 (30 cars - 1953
Rr-56 (150 cars -1955)
Rr-60 (25 Cars - 1958
Rr-61 (25 Cars - 1958)
Rr-65 (100 cars - 1960)
Rr-66 (100 cars - 1960)
I'm fairly certain there are builder's drawings of all these classes but that will need to be verified.
Factors influencing the manufacturer's decision will be how many paint/repaint schemes are possible (including MOW), and cost of modifying the tooling to produce insulated boxcar versions and cars representing other railroads.
Once the manufacturer selects one of these choices I will ask you to submit your photos, especially those with dates, so the manufacturer can evaluate paint schemes and modifications to the as-built prototype.
If there is enough good prototype information available there is a real probability a specific car will be produced.