N General American 37' Meat Refrigerator Car - First Release
Rapido is pleased to announce the General American 37 meat refrigerator car
in N scale!
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 1970s. 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 youre 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
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.
N Scale GARX Meat Reefer Features
Accurate tooling never offered before in N scale!
Prototypical ride height
Fully decorated and assembled with factory-installed Micro-Trains 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
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
1940s cars started appearing with the hardware and doors painted body color.
Also starting in the late 1940s many of the cars started to appear with the
reporting marks of leasing packers and schemes became bolder and more colorful.
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