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Specific Item Information: The printing on this item says "IL 40-0" but it is obviously a scale 50' reefer. Both models I have seen have a broken last number of the road number and it is unclear if it is a 0 or possibly a 3.
Model Information: Produced by Roco and imported by AHM, this 50 Foot Mechanical Reefer was released in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The mechanical reefers could keep a more regular temperature, and often times colder than what the ice bunker cars were capable of. Initially mechanical reefers were used primarily in frozen food service. This would soon change as mechanical refrigeration began to replace ice-based systems. Soon after, mechanical refrigeration units replaced the “armies” of personnel required to re-ice the cars.
When AHM went out of business IHC picked up some of their line. Also, at least one body style was taken over by Eastern Seaboard models.
On July 15, 2005 ROCO Modellspielwaren GmbH was declared bankrupt. From July 25 the company continues as Modelleisenbahn GmbH, but still uses the Roco brand and associated logo. On October 1, 2007, distribution of the 'Minitank' product series was assigned to the German model car manufacturer Herpa.
Since February 2008 Modelleisenbahn also owns Fleischmann, which like Roco had gone bankrupt. The two companies continue as separate brands under Modelleisenbahn GmbH, while benefiting from economies of scale through joined development projects, marketing and procurement.
Item created by: Chance on 2016-11-30 14:01:38. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-19 12:19:11
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