For growing numbers of people, the car era as weve recognized it, as an expression of identification, will fade away, aside from a passionate minority that wants to keep their hands on the wheel. I hope the nice of us at InterMountain and elsewhere will take this on board. There were many enhancements, most invisible from outdoors, but two very seen issues did change: the fascia board grew to become very narrow, too slim to accommodate lettering, and the facet lettering was rearranged to resemble the lettering used on freight refrigerators. Note here that the Athearn finish has been sanded smooth within the upper half, and boards re-scribed, earlier than a new, curved fascia was applied. Here it's proven passing in a via freight train. In the present publish, I wish to comment on enhancing the Walthers reefer, shown within the post just cited, together with another feedback on express vehicles. That information is in the superb reference ebook by Jeff Cauthen and John Signor (Southern Pacific Painting and Lettering Guide: Locomotives and Passenger Cars, SP Historical & Technical Society, Upland, CA, 2013, but discover that that e-book doesn't include the black side hardware famous in my previous put up (for a citation, see the primary paragraph of the current publish).
For extra on the historical past of those vehicles, you could of course consult the PFE book (Thompson, Church and Jones, Pacific Fruit Express, 2nd edition, Signature Press, Berkeley and Wilton, 2000). I might all the time operate this car below a mild, one-yr time warp, however have no current plans to take action. A longer dialogue of this case is in the PFE e book (Pacific Fruit Express, 2nd edition, by Thompson, Church and Jones, Signature Press, 2000), however a quick summary was introduced in a previous weblog put up, discussing packing house and delivery practices. The trendy boutiqueduplicates the looks of PFE 50-foot specific reefers from 1929 to 1954, and is thus suitable for my 1953 layout. My own working classes, when particular fruit crops are first harvested and thus command excessive costs justifying use of express reefers, rely on both PFE categorical automobiles, and in addition very importantly on REX cars (REA contributed over 1600 of the 2500 automobiles within the 1953 categorical reefer pool).
An essential point for modelers to recollect, in planning operation of express reefers, is that various owners of such vehicles positioned them in a pool operated by the Railway Express Agency (REA). My view of that scenario is that I can be reluctant to function, say, that Atlantic Coast Line specific reefer on my California-locale format, whereas a fantastic Northern car would seem more reasonable (both were within the REA pool). Within the 1953 Official Railroad Equipment Register, there were six totally different reporting marks for Stauffer component companies: SCHX, for the Eastern Branch (66 cars); STLX for the Southern California Branch (forty nine cars); STAX for the Northern California Branch (45 vehicles); STIX for the department in Indiana (14 cars); STNX for the department headquartered in New York (7 cars); and STHX for the Henderson, Nevada department (forty one cars). The boric acid plant obtained borax ore in lined hoppers and sulfuric acid in tank vehicles (STAX). The a great deal of beets await unloading at the Spreckels Sugar plant within the background. And you could possibly just merely disconnect all the generating stations, trigger the photo voltaic system would run the electrical plant.