N Scale GARX 37′ Meat Refrigerator Car

N GARX 37′ Meat Refeer

N GARX MEat Reefer Oscar Mayer

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The Rapido wood reefer is based on a design built between 1937 and 1941 by General American Transportation (GARX). Although built with a wooden sheathed body and roof that made them look like a car from an earlier era, these GARX cars were modern for their time.

They were constructed on a steel underframe of similar construction to boxcar underframes then in common use and featured AB brakes, Equipco brake wheels and housings and Barber S-1 trucks. More than 940 cars were built to this configuration making it one of the most numerous meat reefer designs, and they lasted in service into the 1970’s. They would normally be assigned to meat service only, running between meat packing houses and regional dealers throughout North America, Including Canada.

Notable features of the General American meat reefer are wood body with three hinge doors (utilizing the GARX triangular hinge design), a wood roof with steel hatches and unique latches, side and end ladders, power handbrakes, and a steel underframe with a tabbed side sill. All of these features are included on the new Rapido model. Also found on the model is a FULL underframe with complete brake equipment, all new trucks with brake shoes in line with the wheel tread and new metal wheelsets. Microtrains couplers are fitted at the factory.

If you’re for more information on these cars we suggest Railway Prototype Cyclopedia #14 by RP Cyc Publishing which has a wonderful article on the history of the cars and many of the meat packers as well as numerous photos of the prototype cars.

Rifkin GARX meat reefer

Prototype photo courtesy of Frank Peacock

The General American 37’ meat reefers are offered in up to twelve individual car numbers per paint scheme. These will be available in four packs (four individual cars shrink wrapped together and easily broken up for individual sale) as well as individual cars. Note that individual cars will be one of the four total available road numbers.

N Scale rapido Collector's Series Reefers
In addition to our standard releases, Rapido Trains Inc. is pleased to announce the Rapido Meat Reefer Collector Packs. Solid blocks of meat reefers were a common sight on North American rails for almost a half century. While the most famous of these cars were proudly adorned with the names and logos of large packing companies, a sizeable number of them bore the names of smaller packing houses. Still others carried experimental or “one off” liveries from the larger packers.

Each of the cars included in our Collector Packs has been chosen to be a unique addition to your reefer fleet or decorated reefer collection and are sure to be a conversation piece for both rail enthusiasts and collectors alike. Each Collector’s Edition Pack contains four cars, each in their individual jewel case. These cars will not be released individually or in other four packs so the only way to obtain them is in this Collector’s Pack release.

Don’t miss your opportunity to own each of these unique pieces of railroad history and add to your collection of high quality refrigerated cars. Reserve yours today!

Our N Scale Model Features:

  • Accurate tooling – never offered before in N scale!
  • Prototypical ride height
  • Fully decorated and assembled with factory-installed Microtrains couplers
  • Full underbody with seperate brake rods and piping
  • Correct roof hatch and latch details
  • NEW Rapido Barber S1-A trucks with in-line brake shoes and blackened metal wheelsets
  • 9” Minimum radius

N GARX Meat Reefer underbody detail

A general note on paint schemes:

When built these cars were typically painted yellow-orange with red ends and roof. Being built soon after the restriction on “billboard” lettering schemes, the early lettering arrangements were typically fairly simple. Most cars carried GARX or URTX reporting marks. Some carried the name of the leasing packing company, while others did not. The later were typically used in per-diem (daily rental) service and could be assigned to any packer that needed a car. The earliest cars had door hardware and ladders painted black, but early in the 1940’s cars started appearing with the hardware and doors painted body color. Also starting in the late 1940’s many of the cars started to appear with the reporting marks of leasing packers and schemes became bolder and more colorful.

N GARX Meat Reefer Hormel

Standard Paint Schemes:
AMERICAN STORES OSCAR MAYER
ARMOUR SWIFT (RED BLOCK)
DUBUQUE PACKING SWIFT (RED)
DECKERS TOBIN
DUGDALE URTX
GARX WILSON
HYGRADE’S PAINTED, UNLETTERED
KINGAN UNDECORATED – ASSEMBLED
MORRIS RIFKIN UNDECORATED – KIT

 

Limited Production Meat Reefer Collector Pack Schemes:
SWIFT FOUR-PACK – INCLUDES TWO CARS EACH OF TWO SCHEMES
PRE-WAR PACKERS FOUR-PACK – INCLUDES FOUR UNIQUE SCHEMES
POST-WAR PACKERS FOUR-PACK – INCLUDES FOUR UNIQUE SCHEMES

 

Pre-production sample photos. Click on image for larger view.

Rapido Meat Reefer Collector Pack #1
Swift special four pack
SWIFT 1940s collector pack
Contains two each: Swift (solid yellow) and Swift “War bonds”
SWIFT COLLECTOR PACK 521901
Rapido Meat Reefer Collector Pack #2
Swift special four pack
1930s – 1940s Pre-War Collector Pack
Cars from meat packers 1937-1945, contains one each: Abraham brothers, deckers, estherville and nuckolls packing
PRE-WAR PACKERS COLLECTOR PACK 521902
Rapido Meat Reefer Collector Pack #3
Swift special four pack
1950s – 1960s post-War Collector Pack
Cars from meat packers 1935-1960, contains one each: DUBUQUE, H. GRAVER, OSCAR MAYER (WHITE STRIPE) AND WIMP
POST-WAR PACKERS COLLECTOR PACK 521903

 

N GARX meat reefer American Stores.
American Stores Company
Built 1940, mid 1950’s scheme.
SINGLE CAR 521001 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521002 Car numbers: 1912, 1916, 1921, 1938
N GARX Meat Reefer Armour.
Armour
BUILT 1939, DELIVERY SCHEME. 
SINGLE CAR 521003 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521004 Car numbers: 11867, 11892, 11936, 11948
FOUR PACK #2 521005 Car numbers: 11862, 11886, 11921, 11939
N GARX Meat Reefer Dubuque.
Dubuque
Built 1937, mid-late 1950’s scheme.
SINGLE CAR 521006 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521007 Car numbers: 63016, 63026, 63029, 69041
FOUR PACK #2 521008 Car numbers: 63018, 63024, 63032, 69037
FOUR PACK #3 521009 Car numbers: 63020, 63028, 63035, 69039
N GARX Meat Reefer Dugdale.
Dugdale
BUILT 1939, DELIVERY SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521010 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521011 Car numbers: 3461, 3463, 3466, 3469
FOUR PACK #2 521012 Car numbers: 3462, 3465, 3467, 3470
N GARX Meat Reefer GARX.
GARX

BUILT 1939, Delivery SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521013 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521014 Car numbers: 3491, 3493, 3494, 3498
FOUR PACK #1 521015 Car numbers: 3492, 3495, 3496, 3499
N GARX Meat Reefer Hormel
Hormel
BUILT 1937, delivery SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521016 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521017 Car numbers: 68028, 68032, 68036, 68037
FOUR PACK #2 521018 Car numbers: 68029, 68031, 68034, 68039
N GARX Meat Reefer Hormel
Hygrade’s

BUILT 1940, 1950s SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521019 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521020 Car numbers: 3102, 3106, 3115, 3149
FOUR PACK #2 521021 Car numbers: 3103, 3109, 3112, 3135
N GARX Meat Reefer Hormel
Kingan

BUILT 1940, 1950s SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521022 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521023 Car numbers
3045, 3082, 3120, 3137
N GARX Meat Reefer Hormel
Morris Rifkin

BUILT 1940, delivery SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521024 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521025 Car numbers: 5100, 5103, 5118, 5123
N GARX Meat Reefer Oscar Mayer
Oscar Mayer

BUILT 1940, delivery SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521026 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521027 Car numbers: 66051, 66053, 66059, 66075
FOUR PACK #2 521028 Car numbers: 66052, 66055, 66062, 66067
FOUR PACK #3 521029 Car numbers: 66058, 66065, 66069, 66072
N GARX Meat Reefer Swift (red block)
Swift (red block)

BUILT 1940, 1947+ SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521030 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521031 Car numbers: 2532, 2638, 2732, 2796
FOUR PACK #2 521032 Car numbers: 2535, 2639, 2775, 2777
FOUR PACK #3 521033 Car numbers : 2537, 2642, 2758, 2761
N GARX Meat Reefer Swift (red)
Swift

BUILT 1937, 1950s SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521034 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521035 Car numbers: 2571, 2768, 2778, 2825
FOUR PACK #2 521036 Car numbers: 2573, 2625, 2687, 2801
FOUR PACK #3 521037 Car numbers: 2579, 2646, 2691, 2814
N GARX Meat Reefer Swift (red)
TOBIN

BUILT 1937, delivery SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521038 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521039 Car numbers: 1621, 1624, 1626, 1628
N GARX Meat Reefer URTX
URTX

BUILT 1938, delivery SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521040 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521041 Car numbers: 63061, 63068, 63074, 63082
FOUR PACK #2 521042 Car numbers: 63062, 63064, 63072, 63079
N GARX Meat Reefer Wilson
WILSON

BUILT 1942, EARLY 1950S SCHEME.
SINGLE CAR 521043 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK #1 521044 Car numbers: 8688, 9032, 9247, 9458
FOUR PACK #2 521045 Car numbers: 8691, 9024, 9238, 9442
FOUR PACK #3 521046 Car numbers: 8693, 9027, 9249, 9448
HO GARX Meat Reefer Undecorated.
Undecorated, Assembled
SINGLE CAR 521000 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK 521000
HO GARX Meat Reefer Undecorated.
Undecorated, Kit
SINGLE CAR 521099 Contact your dealer
FOUR PACK 521099