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
From our discussions this project almost came to fruition a
few years ago but stalled due to competition from other
Times have changed and now this has become a real
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.