Rapido Trains Inc FGE Class R7 Wood Reefer 6-Pack Pennsylvania Railroad -PRE ORDER-
Pennsylvania Railroad (yellow, silver roof, dark brown ends)
ARRIVING NOVEMBER 2023
The Rapido Trains HO Scale FGE Class R7 Wood Reefer is based on cars constructed in the Pennsylvania Railroad's own shops. Following the success of the X23 boxcar design, the Pennsylvania Railroad built over 3,500 cars in a reefer configuration designated as the R7. This fleet of reefers was built between 1914 and 1915 for the Pennsylvania Railroad and its subsidiary lines. By 1922 it had leased nearly the entire fleet of R7s to the Fruit Growers Express Company (FGE), in which the PRR had an ownership-stake. By 1932, the ownership of the entire fleet of cars was transferred to FGE.
Like the X23s, the R7 reefers went through various improvements over time, including 2D-F8 cast trucks replacing the original arch-bar trucks, KD-Brakes being upgraded with AB-brakes, and the lap-seam roof being replaced with a Hutchins Dry-Lading roof. From 1940 to 1942, over 250 R7 reefers were transferred to FGE subsidiary National Car Company (NX) for use in hauling meat products. During the early 1950s, a small batch of R7 reefers was leased by National to the Mathieson Chemical Company for use in a dedicated dry ice hauling service. The R7 reefers lasted in regular service until the late 1950s.
The HO Scale models feature state-of-the-art tooling with separate grabs, crisp and accurate details and correct PRR class 2D-F1 arch-bar and 2D-F8 cast trucks with free-rolling turned metal wheelsets, double-flush Miner swing doors, both s split K or AB brake components, as well as two distinct roof types, all as appropriate.
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