N Scale GARX 37′ Meat Refrigerator Car
N GARX 37′ Meat Refeer
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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.
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.
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
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.
|Standard Paint Schemes:|
|AMERICAN STORES||OSCAR MAYER|
|ARMOUR||SWIFT (RED BLOCK)|
|DUBUQUE PACKING||SWIFT (RED)|
|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.