51' Mechanical ReeferAuthority Pet Foods
This car is from a promotional set offering.
51' Mechanical ReeferBurlington Northern
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The yellow BN car shown here features Bachmann's modernized tooling for its Mechanical Reefer.
51' Mechanical ReeferCanadian National
51' Mechanical ReeferCN Wild
51' Mechanical ReeferIowa Beef
51' Mechanical ReeferLehigh Valley
51' Mechanical ReeferMiller Beer
Though beer company box cars and reefers are plentiful in HO-scale, they were not so frequently found
in the real world. Bachmann's Miller Beer car however isn't far from a prototype, which may surprise some followers
of model trains. The actual car was not a Mechanical Reefer, but a 50' insulated plug door box car. Bachmann's
model reflects the scheme with a good degree of correctness, even including the appropriate MHLX reporting marks fround on
the prototype. A picture of the actual Miller car may be found in Signature Press Books' "Billboard Refrigerator Cars"
by Richard H. Hendrickson and Edward S. Kaminski.
51' Mechanical Reefer
New York Central
The New York Central example illustrated above is from a Bachmann catalog of the 1970s. I have
an example of this car with the pre-1982 stock number of 1121 that features the modernized tooling with low ladders and no
51' Mechanical ReeferPacific Fruit Express
51' Mechanical ReeferPenn Central
51' Mechanical ReeferPeterborough
The Peterborough 51' Mechanical Steel Reefer is first found in Bachmann's
51' Mechanical ReeferPowerHouse
Included in the 1980s Bachmann PowerHouse train set offering.
51' Mechanical ReeferRock Island
Wearing the one-color simplified The Rock scheme usually found on Bachmann's
51ft. Plug-Door box Car model, the above shows that at least a few Mechanical Reefers found themselves lettered for Rock Island
service by Bachmann.
51' Mechanical ReeferSafeway Foods
51' Mechanical ReeferSanta Fe
There are at least two variations to Bachmann's Santa Fe Mechanical Reefer offering. The first
example pictured here includes the boxed-cross ATSF herald with Texas Chief advertising; later examples include the large
round ATSF herald and that version is presented second above.
51' Mechanical ReeferSeven Up
A late '80s Bachmann offering in its The American train set.
51' Mechanical ReeferSwifts
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The Swifts car was produced with both of Bachmann's Mechanical Reefer toolings, one with roofwalks
and high ladders and the other with no roofwalk and short ladders. Additionally, it appears Bachmann did a variation
of the Swifts model that featured only the red logo.
51' Mechanical Reefer
One of seven new body styles added to the HO-scale rolling stock line by
Bachmann in 1972 is the 51' Mechanical Steel Reefer. The car lists for $3.00 in '72 and is initially listed with six
roadnames: Miller, New York Central, Pacific Fruit Express, Safeway, Santa Fe, and Swifts. An N-guage white
Miller Beer example is shown in the catalog to represent this car in 1972.