Re: Walthers 50-foot Express Reefer

Joel Norman <mec-bml@...>

STMFC Group: Can someone who is 100% a B&M/MEC{cira 1948-1950}HO scale
modeler please e mail me off line at not a big joiner
but would like to exchange e mail and modeling data of the BM-MEC.....thanks
Joel Norman
Eastern Maine Rly

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Hawkins" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 1:45 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Walthers 50-foot Express Reefer

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

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

If anyone has one of these Walthers cars, could they measure the
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
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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