Re: mystery reefer car model

Richard Hendrickson

On Mar 25, 2007, at 5:50 PM, birdbiz2003 wrote:

I bought a detailed HO scale reefer car model recently at an antique
store. It is painted yellow and is a model of a wooden sided car. it
is lettered'' Butter Superior Brand Condensed Buttermilk Farmers Union
Creameries Superior and Aurora Nebraska'' also lettered North American
Despatch North American Car Corporation'' numbered NADX 4012.It has a
multiboard per strip 3 strip roofwalk and 2 very detailed very old
style hatches at each end.

What pre 1940 decade is this car from and do I need to modify it in
way to make it accurate.
North American was one of the most aggressive car lessors in the late
1920s and early 1930s who leased small lots of cars to small shippers
(sometimes only one or two cars) and applied billboard advertising to
them. The NADX 4000 series cars were 40' steel underframe reefers
built by the Pressed Steel Car Co. in January, 1928. If you've been
following the discussion on the list about billboard reefers, you
already know that such billboard advertising was outlawed by the ICC in
1934 and entirely phased out by 1938. How accurate the model may be is
anyone's guess, but I can provide you with photos of other NADX 4000
series cars if you're able to receive large JPEG files.

Richard Hendrickson

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