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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 69052 - Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical - American Refrigerator Transit - 352, 356, 400, 433, 448, 464

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 69052 - Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical - American Refrigerator Transit - 352, 356, 400, 433, 448, 464


Stock Number 69052
Secondary Stock Number 069 00 052
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Body Style Micro Trains Reefer Steel Mechanical 51 Foot
Prototype Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical (Details)
Road or Company Name American Refrigerator Transit (Details)
Reporting Marks RMDX
Road or Reporting Number 352, 356, 400, 433, 448, 464
Paint Color(s) Yellow with Boxcar Red Ends and Roof
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Multipack ID Number 69052
Release Date 1990-08-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 51 Foot
Model Variety Mechanical, Steel, Riveted Side
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978
Scale 1/160


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Prototype History:
The purpose of a mechanical reefer is to keep perishable items cold. Early reefers were of all wood construction and used ice for cooling. By the 1940s, new reefers were being built entirely of steel. Insulating techniques improved to the point where economical refrigeration could be accomplished using steel side plates in place of wood sheathing. Fifty foot mechanical reefers date back to at least the late 50s / early 60s.

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.

Road Name History:
The American Refrigerator Transit Company (ART) was a St. Louis, Missouri-based private refrigerator car line established in 1881 by the Missouri Pacific and Wabash railroads. It is now a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Corporation.




Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

Manufacturer Information:
Kadee Quality Products originally got involved in N-Scale by producing a scaled-down version of their successful HO Magne-Matic knuckle coupler system. This coupler was superior to the ubiquitous 'Rapido' style coupler due to two primary factors: superior realistic appearance and the ability to automatically uncouple when stopped over a magnet embedded in a section of track. The success of these couplers in N-Scale quickly translated to the production of trucks, wheels and in 1972 a release of ready-to-run box cars.


Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-04 10:47:03

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