Re: Walthers 50-foot Express Reefer

Ed Hawkins

On Sunday, July 18, 2004, at 07:45 AM, Don Strack wrote:

Can anyone comment on the accuracy of the Walthers 50-foot express reefer?
Which paint scheme is accurate for the as-built cars?

If anyone has one of these Walthers cars, could they measure the wheelbase
on the trucks for me. I'm looking for a GSC express-type truck with a 5 feet
6 inches wheelbase for use on UP cabooses, with and without outside swing
The Walthers web site states the models are due in November 2004.

A quick summary: As built during the late 1920s-1930 the cars were assigned to American Refrigerator Express (ARE) or painted for lease to numerous railroads. Approximately 17 railroads that leased the cars had them painted with their names stenciled along the top side fascia and with their own reporting marks. The cars were operated this way through the 1930s and into the '40s with some going into to the 1950s (Seaboard until the late 1950s). During the 1940s most railroads returned the cars to General American as they decided to exit the express refrigerator business in favor of turning it over to the Railway Express Agency. In turn, these cars were turned over for lease to REA and assigned to REX 272-499 and 1200-1899. The REX cars were found throughout the 1940s-1950s and well into the 1960s. Data from the ORERs show that the early 1950s was a peak of cars in service under REX reporting marks. URTX also operated the cars in various quantities during the 1940s and '50s. Hope this helps.
Ed Hawkins

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