Re: WMRX (MDT) Insulated Boxcars

Roger Hinman <rhinman@...>

These were rebuilds of the MDT 5000 and 3500 series composite reefers done in 1954-56 using Despatch Ends. Since the rebuild used an older under-frame with a full length side sill, the side panel heights and rivetting arrangment were unique among their steel cars. The WM Historical Society did a custom paint run of a generic Walthers rfgr car quite a few years back. It would be a challenge to model this car accurately. These rebuilds saw service under a variety of reporting marks

Roger Hinman

On Nov 5, 2010, at 11:42 AM, rcs161jra@... wrote:


I would like to model several of these cars leased by the WM in 1956. These were originally built by MDT in sept 1931 apparently for Northern Refrigerator Line. Here's a pic previously referenced during the much discussed "swaged or lapper rivet seams"

I am having trouble finding a good starting point for these as they seem much taller than most Refrig. cars of this era and have some sort of 5/3 Despatch looking end. Any suggestions or additional info on these would be appreciated. I have done the artwork for decals so I'm anxious to build one one this winter!

Some other info I have on these:

IH 9'-3"

EXH 14'-9" (rail to running board)

Doors: 8' x 8.5' Camel "sliding" (plug door)

CU FT 3155

ROOF - SREMCo ("flat panel")

Insulation - 4" Ultralite sides, ends, roof, 2.5" Hairfelt floor.


Jeff Adams


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