PFE reefer kits R-40-20

Tim O'Connor


It just occurred to me that Sunshine never did an R-40-20 either, did they?

I always thought it was just the ends that needed to be replaced (which Details West offered)... :-(

On 11/30/2019 2:29 PM, Dick Harley via Groups.Io wrote:
For those that care about prototype accuracy, it should be pointed out that these kits are pretty bogus.  The car body is the InterMountain PFE R-40-23, so the ends, doors and underframe are not correct for an R-40-20.  The class R-40-20 was built in January to April 1945, so they never would have had the pre-1942 Overland banner UP medallion.  Yes, InterMountain has sold 48 different car numbers of these as RTR cars, but that just shows what the market likes, and not what happened prototypically.

Dick Harley
*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*

Dick Harley


The only PFE 40-ft steel reefers that I know Sunshine did were the R-40-10 and the R-40-26.

The R-40-14 and R-40-20 are very similar, with the -20 being 1-1/2 inches taller.
I would make an R-40-20 from an InterMountain R-40-10 (and ignore the taller height), but I suppose you could replace the roof and underframe of a Trix car and narrow the ends.

Dick Harley
Laguna Beach,  CA