Prototype for Branchline 37-Foot Reefer?


Bob Chapman
 

First -- thanks to all who commented on the just-completed Branchline NWX 40' reefer. Encouragement always helps motivate the next one. 

While on reefers -- I also have a Branchline 37' reefer kit that I would like to build into a credible model. Does anyone know the specific prototype behind the BL 37' kit?

In looking through my reefer books, there are several similar meat-reefers (Swift, etc.), but all seem to have some differences (door height, sidesill, etc.) from the BL model. A search of the STMFC archives didn't turn up a quick answer.

I'll appreciate any insights!

Thanks,
Bob Chapman


O Fenton Wells
 

Bob, I didn't know Branchline did short reefers.  


On Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 1:06 PM Bob Chapman <chapbob4014@...> wrote:
First -- thanks to all who commented on the just-completed Branchline NWX 40' reefer. Encouragement always helps motivate the next one. 

While on reefers -- I also have a Branchline 37' reefer kit that I would like to build into a credible model. Does anyone know the specific prototype behind the BL 37' kit?

In looking through my reefer books, there are several similar meat-reefers (Swift, etc.), but all seem to have some differences (door height, sidesill, etc.) from the BL model. A search of the STMFC archives didn't turn up a quick answer.

I'll appreciate any insights!

Thanks,
Bob Chapman



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Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
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Brian Carlson
 

Branchline didn’t do 37 ft reefers in their line. Is this an earlier Branchline custom painted model (mdc) and not Blueprint. Can you share a pic?

Brian J. Carlson


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Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY


Joseph
 

Maybe Rapido?   They made undec kits as well as RTD models of the 37’ meat reefers
Joe Binish

On Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 1:39 PM Brian Carlson via groups.io <prrk41361=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Branchline didn’t do 37 ft reefers in their line. Is this an earlier Branchline custom painted model (mdc) and not Blueprint. Can you share a pic?

Brian J. Carlson


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Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY






Bob Chapman
 

Fenton says:
Bob, I didn't know Branchline did short reefers.


Yeah, and it's quite a different kit from the 40-footers. Diecast floor, grab ladders molded to the carbody, etc. Makes me think of the old MDC kits. 

Regards,
Bob Chapman


cptracks
 

To echo what has already been said, this does not sound like 'modern' Branchline. Back in the day they took other manufacturer's kits, repainted them and released them under their own brand. if possible a picture would be very helpful.

On 2022-07-18 11:51 a.m., Bob Chapman wrote:
Fenton says:
Bob, I didn't know Branchline did short reefers.


Yeah, and it's quite a different kit from the 40-footers. Diecast floor, grab ladders molded to the carbody, etc. Makes me think of the old MDC kits. 

Regards,
Bob Chapman


Robert Heninger
 

Bob, 

Branchline also decorated other manufacturers kits, before they gave us their boxcars and Pullmans.

You probably do have a custom decorated MDC model.

Richard Hendrickson turned one into a gorgeous model of a truss rod Armour reefer, which he wrote up for RMJ about 30 years ago, and of which I am now the owner.

Regards,
Bob Heninger 
Minot, ND


Brian Carlson
 

Yep that’s an MDC. 

Brian J. Carlson 

On Jul 18, 2022, at 2:51 PM, Bob Chapman <chapbob4014@...> wrote:


Fenton says:
Bob, I didn't know Branchline did short reefers.


Yeah, and it's quite a different kit from the 40-footers. Diecast floor, grab ladders molded to the carbody, etc. Makes me think of the old MDC kits. 

Regards,
Bob Chapman

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Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY


O Fenton Wells
 

Bob, I think Brian might be correct
Fenton

On Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 2:40 PM Joseph <Mstl852@...> wrote:
Maybe Rapido?   They made undec kits as well as RTD models of the 37’ meat reefers
Joe Binish

On Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 1:39 PM Brian Carlson via groups.io <prrk41361=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Branchline didn’t do 37 ft reefers in their line. Is this an earlier Branchline custom painted model (mdc) and not Blueprint. Can you share a pic?

Brian J. Carlson


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Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY







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Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...


Bob Chapman
 

Just catching up with all the responses. Appreciate the Branchline history lesson!

Per request, here are photos of the kit (I had already stripped the vintage billboard paint from the carbody). The diecast underbody definitely has a MDC look.    

I'll have to dig out Richard H's RMJ article -- sounds like just what I need to do prototype justice to the kit.

Thanks to everyone,
Bob Chapman


O Fenton Wells
 

Yes Bob, that is the MDC kit.  There were articles on bashing them into meat reefers.  I'll try to find my copies and email them to you if you want them
Fenton

On Tue, Jul 19, 2022 at 1:36 PM Bob Chapman <chapbob4014@...> wrote:
Just catching up with all the responses. Appreciate the Branchline history lesson!

Per request, here are photos of the kit (I had already stripped the vintage billboard paint from the carbody). The diecast underbody definitely has a MDC look.    

I'll have to dig out Richard H's RMJ article -- sounds like just what I need to do prototype justice to the kit.

Thanks to everyone,
Bob Chapman



--
Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...


cptracks
 

 MDC/Roundhouse. I have some

On 2022-07-19 10:36 a.m., Bob Chapman wrote:
Just catching up with all the responses. Appreciate the Branchline history lesson!

Per request, here are photos of the kit (I had already stripped the vintage billboard paint from the carbody). The diecast underbody definitely has a MDC look.    

I'll have to dig out Richard H's RMJ article -- sounds like just what I need to do prototype justice to the kit.

Thanks to everyone,
Bob Chapman


Clark Propst
 

I’m thinking the decaled one is Sunshine and the other is MDC. Even being a foot shorter it makes into a descent model.
 
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa


Steve and Barb Hile
 

It is nice that the ends and sides are separate.  The MDC plastic is quite soft.  Also, the Accurail 36’ underframe fits in well in lieu of the cast one.

 

I have used a couple of these for Swift cars for a clinic later this month at Collinsville.

 

 

Steve Hile

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Chapman
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:36 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Prototype for Branchline 37-Foot Reefer?

 

Just catching up with all the responses. Appreciate the Branchline history lesson!

 

Per request, here are photos of the kit (I had already stripped the vintage billboard paint from the carbody). The diecast underbody definitely has a MDC look.    

 

I'll have to dig out Richard H's RMJ article -- sounds like just what I need to do prototype justice to the kit.

 

Thanks to everyone,

Bob Chapman


O Fenton Wells
 

Steve. When is your reefer clinic?  I want to be there for that
Fenton 


On Jul 19, 2022, at 7:04 PM, Steve and Barb Hile <shile@...> wrote:



It is nice that the ends and sides are separate.  The MDC plastic is quite soft.  Also, the Accurail 36’ underframe fits in well in lieu of the cast one.

 

I have used a couple of these for Swift cars for a clinic later this month at Collinsville.

 

 

Steve Hile

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Chapman
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:36 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Prototype for Branchline 37-Foot Reefer?

 

Just catching up with all the responses. Appreciate the Branchline history lesson!

 

Per request, here are photos of the kit (I had already stripped the vintage billboard paint from the carbody). The diecast underbody definitely has a MDC look.    

 

I'll have to dig out Richard H's RMJ article -- sounds like just what I need to do prototype justice to the kit.

 

Thanks to everyone,

Bob Chapman


Steve and Barb Hile
 

3:30 PM on Saturday.   See you there!

 

Steve

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of O Fenton Wells
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 6:49 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Prototype for Branchline 37-Foot Reefer?

 

Steve. When is your reefer clinic?  I want to be there for that

Fenton 



On Jul 19, 2022, at 7:04 PM, Steve and Barb Hile <shile@...> wrote:



It is nice that the ends and sides are separate.  The MDC plastic is quite soft.  Also, the Accurail 36’ underframe fits in well in lieu of the cast one.

 

I have used a couple of these for Swift cars for a clinic later this month at Collinsville.

 

 

Steve Hile

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Chapman
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:36 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Prototype for Branchline 37-Foot Reefer?

 

Just catching up with all the responses. Appreciate the Branchline history lesson!

 

Per request, here are photos of the kit (I had already stripped the vintage billboard paint from the carbody). The diecast underbody definitely has a MDC look.    

 

I'll have to dig out Richard H's RMJ article -- sounds like just what I need to do prototype justice to the kit.

 

Thanks to everyone,

Bob Chapman


Vincent DeFatta
 

I have several  reefers which I have. The boxes are red which has Branchline label on the end of box. I have small shunting puzzle in planing and thin out right now. I am saving some local names would see on Houston & Central Texas  and Texas & New Orleans Railroads. Time period is mid to late 1950’s. Cut off for my scheme is 1958. I noticed the sell on this site, what are your regulations & thoughts?
I have enjoyed this site. I joined a month + ago. Site was recommended by follow modeler as I was asking what type tank cars carry corn oil, cotton seed oil and peanut oil to Houston area commercial food facility preparing bake & fried "moon pies" etc.
Thanks 
Vincent DeFatta 
Fort Smith AR 72908
Also I will post images of early Branchline boxes.


On Mon, Jul 18, 2022, 2:44 PM O Fenton Wells <srrfan1401@...> wrote:
Bob, I think Brian might be correct
Fenton

On Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 2:40 PM Joseph <Mstl852@...> wrote:
Maybe Rapido?   They made undec kits as well as RTD models of the 37’ meat reefers
Joe Binish

On Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 1:39 PM Brian Carlson via groups.io <prrk41361=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Branchline didn’t do 37 ft reefers in their line. Is this an earlier Branchline custom painted model (mdc) and not Blueprint. Can you share a pic?

Brian J. Carlson


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Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY







--
Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...