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Click the photo to see how it looked in the 1930's.
Here's a model that just about anybody can use on his ( or her ) railroad: The D&RGW "Short" Refrigerator Car, or "Reefer" as they were called by the railroad men.

Before the days of paved highways and reliable motor trucks, these refrigerator cars were about the only means of getting perishables to the towns along the railroad's right-of-way.

'Back when my wife and I first moved to Chama, (around 1974), this writer had the opportunity of talking with one of the locals who at the time had a little grocery store located in the building now occupied by "Chama Drugs".

He told of the days when he would place an order for a side of beef at the wholesale meat company in Alamosa, and it would arrive in a few days via one of these colorful reefers.

At one point in time these cars could be seen all over the line, including the R.G.S.

Our model weighs in at 3.5 ounces, and comes complete with accurately scaled, easy-to-assemble, free rolling trucks moulded in an engineering plastic bearing the trade name "Celcon". And of course, the now standard of the industry Nickel Plated Brass Wheelsets.

All parts of this model kit, save for the hand grabs and brake rods and piping are injection moulded in high impact styrene plastic. Decals and Genuine Kadee ® Couplers are included, of course, along with comprehensive instructions and "hints" to ensure your model will end up like the one shown here...

These kits are occasionally available with factory Pre-Painted / Pre-Lettered sides, ends and roofs. Call or write for availability.



Click above for a look at the model as it
might have appeared in the 1930's - Early 1940's. . .


Click the above for a look at its underside.


Click this photo for a close-up look at some of this
models FineScale Detailing !


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