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N Scale - YesterYear Models - S/R #2 - Reefer, 40 Foot, R-40-23 - Growers Express - 652

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N Scale - YesterYear Models - S/R #2 - Reefer, 40 Foot, R-40-23 - Growers Express - 652 Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway
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Production Type Special Run
Stock Number S/R #2
Brand YesterYear Models
Commissioned By YesterYear Models
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Intermountain Reefer Steel 40-23
Prototype Reefer, 40 Foot, R-40-23 (Details)
Road or Company Name Growers Express (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Diving Girl Apples
Reporting Marks GEX
Road or Reporting Number 652
Paint Color(s) Orange
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel 40-23
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This model was first produced in the 1990s by InterMountain and was originally only available as a kit. More recent releases are only available as RTR (Ready-to-Run) models. It is a very nicely detailed and even after 20 years in production, it remains one of the best N Scale reefer models available. This is likely due to the fact that it was originally available only as a kit that it has so many fine detail parts such as the intricate handrails. My guess is that InterMountain simply didn't worry about the cost of the assembly as they were shipping them assembled. Hence they have far more detail than similar models from Atlas or Micro-Trains.

In addition the the numerous paint schemes, InterMountain has produced a large number of special runs, with some particularly attractive examples produced for YesterYear. Over the years, the couplers supplied with this model have varied a lot. The original release featured dummy knuckle couplers, but I have also seen examples with Micro-Trains couplers, Accumate couplers and Micro-Trains knockoffs.

Prototype History:
PFE built the Class R-40-23 steel ice-cooled refrigerator car in 1947. This was the largest class of steel cars they built. In this version, the placard board was moved to the left of the car door and a little higher, and the smaller board seen on Class R-40-20 was omitted. And once again, the route card board was applied at the left bolster.

These cars feature Murphy steel roofs, W-corner 3/3 Improved Dreadnaught ends and 4'-0" doors. A group of 1000 cars was converted for Temco service and renumbered 20002-21001 in 1960-61. Another group of 15 cars was rebuilt with 6' plug doors for Polarstream Liquid Nitrogen cooling and renumbered 1001-1015 in 1965. Another group of 239 cars was renumbered into the 36001-36500 series for TIV service in 1965-66. The Temco equipped cars had it removed in 1966 and were renumbered to 35002-36000. The cars 1001-1015 were renumbered 36501-36515 for TIV service in 1968.

Road Name History:
Growers Express is a fictional refrigerated car line. It was invented by YesterYear models for their series of special runs which depict colorful billboard style liveries on InterMountain's R40-23 steel and 40 foot wood reefers.



Item created by: Appin House on 2019-02-10 16:39:54. Last edited by Appin House on 2019-02-10 16:46:19

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