Bogus BLI D&RGW reefers?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Topo, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Topo

    Topo Member

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    Browsing in the BLI website I have found announced some GACX 53'6" Wood Express Reefer Cars, in various schemes.

    The thing that bugs me is that they will made three in D&RGW "pullman green", #s 1600, 1601 and 1602. Maybe I'm wrong but I didn't know that the D&RGW had any reefers (only insulated cars, and none in "pullman green"). :confused:

    Do you have some information about these cars (the prototypes)? Are the BLI cars correct?
  2. 2slim

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    Javier,
    I believe what we're seeing here is a little 'modellers licence' by BLI. To my knowledge Rio Grande didn't own or operate any express boxcars or reefers. Any express shipments were put in a baggage car (or cars). Not positive, but the Grande didn't handle any express reefer shipments or at least enough to warrent special cars.

    2slim

    OK after checking with a couple of resources, apparently there were a few express reefers owned by Railway Express Agency and leased to the Rio Grande. They operated between Salt Lake and Denver. According to my source they didn't operate after 1950.
  3. Topo

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    Thanks for the info, 2slim. :thumb: