The old 32 to 40 foot wood reefer

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  1. CNJ999

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    I'l throw a couple into the mix. The first is a custom decorated car for Bay State Beer:

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    Then here's one for the Armour Refrigerator Line, advertising their Cloverbloom Butter:

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    And how about this colorful example from Evansville Packing?

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    Although not a billboard reefer, this unusual one is of the same vintage they are - a Mathieson Dry Ice Reefer (from a kit long, long out of production).

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    CNJ999
  2. toptrain1

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    CNJ999 : Very nice Accurail reefer. You did a good job detailing it. Who made the decals?
    The Cloverbloom is a Trainminature car, but they never made A Cloverbloom that I seen. Just standard Armour cars. Could it be a Walters release Or did you just do a great job with some Clover House dry transfers?
    Ah ! May Bloosem Lard. Is it a MDC car. And the A&P next to it a trainminature? You should post it's pick to.
    That day Ice car you put together. The seams are perfect. And the finish like new.
    very nice frank
  3. CNJ999

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    Frank - the Bay State Beer decals were from a fella that sells a wide variety of such on eBay. Don't recall his or his outfit's name any more but I think that he's still around there.

    The Armour reefer is to my knowledge an original Train Miniature but one not often seen. It was an eBay purchase and came in a TM box, as I recall.

    Regarding the A&P reefer, pictured below, it is a TM car too, of which I have several. These and quite a few other billboard reefers I have factor into my operations involving my icing station and more importantly, my A&P regional warehouse (second image).

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    As a parting shot, here's an image one of my home road reefers. Not exactly a billboard car but appropriate for the era.

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    CNJ999
  4. toptrain1

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    P1260028.jpg.jpg post 44

    walters reefer


    This steel 40' plug door has quite a look. The red seams to raidate it bright color. I found it in a train store in Short Hills NJ. Dogerties. A intersting place. A very old train store. Not alot of HO there. Mainly O and S collectable stuff. The store comes with a very nice owner. A person who likes to chatt. A pleasent place.
    toptrain frank
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  5. toptrain1

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    5-11-08 trains 026.jpg post 45

    The Swift reefer


    The Trainminature Swift reefer. This is not the only Swift reefer that trainminature manufactured. This is the standard red with white line type. Athearn, Varney,& Life Like also made this car.
    frank
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  6. toptrain1

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    Accurail reefer SWIFT SRL     18542.jpg post 46

    Here is another Swift reefer


    Here is another SWIFT reefer. Accurail "SWIFTS Premiun Bacon" SRL 18542.
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    Accurail reefer SWIFT SRL       799.jpg post 47

    Another Accura Swift wood reefer.


    The Accurail SWIFT " Premium Ham" SRL 799
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    Accurail reefer SWIFT SRL      2483.jpg post 48

    a third Accurail Swifts wood reefer


    Here is the third Accurail Swifts reefer Silverleaf SRL 2483
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  9. toptrain1

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    Accurail reefer SWIFT SRL      2488.jpg post 49

    A fourth Accurail Swift reefer


    Here is another Swift Sliverleaf wood reefer. I renumbered this to SRL 2488 changing the 3's to 8's.
    frank
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  10. toptrain1

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    reefer Swift Ham 21045b 9 16 06 019.jpg

    Post 50 swift reefer


    Train Minature, Swift Reefer, Premium Ham, SRLX 21045
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    reefer 40' Swift SRLX 4226 b.jpg Post 51

    TYCO Swift reefer


    TYCO Mantua 40' wood reefer Swifts all silver SRLX 4226
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  12. toptrain1

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    Varney Swift Reefer SRLX 1200

    The Varney Swift reefer. The seperate black plastic roof with good detail marks the old Varney reefers. Swift SLRX 1200

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    a different Varney Swift reefer

    The second Varney Swift reefer. White with the black roof. Swift SLRX 1020

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    Athern Reefer 40' Swift SRLX 14793 door opens.jpg life like reefer 40' Swift SLRX 6714.jpg post 54

    Life Like Swift 40' wood reefer


    Here is a Life Like Swift wood reefer all red SRLX 6714.



    The second is a old Athearn reefer where the doors hinge open. It is a steel reefer. all red SLRX 14793.
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  15. toptrain1

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    Varney  reefer 40' Swift SLRX 4208 C.jpg post 55

    The custom painted 40' Swift reefer


    This reefer was done by a very friendly old friend Jack who passed away a few years ago. He was a active member of the Jersey Central railroad Historical society. Who's once a year train show is this Sunday in Clark NJ. At the Mother Seaton High School. He and his wife were always a fixture at their table, at the opposite end of the isle from the white elephant table. A resident of Cranford he had a shop their for a number of years. He would always ask me to stop in and see his train memorabila he had on display their. I hope I see his wife their on Sunday to reminis. She has been their at the last few shows, alone. Here is the swift that he had done and shared with me.
    Swift reefer, yellow and brown, most likely Champ decals,SRLX 4208. I hope you like it.
    I will post photos of his other cars I have.
    frank
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  16. wjstix

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    Well...sorta. The real issue was company A refused to ship their products in a reefer lettered for their competitor, company B. Plus there were other issues regarding leasing fees and such - some companies apparently just leased a car or two and lettered it for their company so they could get payments on the car's use, even if they never used it themselves. The railroads asked the ICC to intervene to make a more level playing field.

    For more info on that...or if you're just interested in reefers (why else would you be reading this thread?) this is the book you need:

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    Some of my old friend Jacks cars

    Here is the first. E. KAHN'S and SON'S, EKSK 3764
    Then AGAR Packing Co., APPX 255

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    Next Pair

    Dairy Shippers Dispatch, DSDX 309 "Ship by Rail"
    Dubuque Packing Co.,GARX 81649 "From the Tall Corn Country"

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    more by Jack

    Greenbay and Western Lines, WRX 9077, Western Refrigerator Line Company. "The Green Bay Route"
    Michigan Central, 18505, Merchants Dispatch Dairy Line, New York Central System.

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    40' reefer J Oppenhiemer Castings OPPX 8001 C.jpg 40' reefer J NYC 1986 C.jpg post 60

    Two more done by Jack


    New Yory Central, Refrigerator, 1986, New York Central System.
    Oppenheimer Casting Co., OPPX 8001, "SAUSAGE CASTINGS"
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