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N Scale - Model Power - 3723 - Reefer, 40 Foot, Steel Side - Pacific Fruit Express - 46201

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N Scale - Model Power - 3723 - Reefer, 40 Foot, Steel Side - Pacific Fruit Express - 46201


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Brand Model Power
Stock Number 3723
Manufacturer Model Power China
Body Style Model Power Reefer 40 Foot Steel
Road or Company Name Pacific Fruit Express (Details)
Reporting Marks PFE
Road or Reporting Number 46201
Paint Color(s) Orange with Silver ends and roof
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1978-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel Side Ice
Prototype Reefer, 40 Foot, Steel Side
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Body Style Information: At some point, likely when civil war broke out in that country, Model Power was unable to get 40 foot steel reefers from Mehano. So they went to Hong Kong and found a factory willing to make a clone of the Yugoslavian model. This Chinese-made Model Power tooling is a knock-off of the earlier Mehano model which in turn was a knock-off of the Roco 40 foot steel reefer. There are small differences between the different toolings. The easiest way to tell them apart is that the Roco made models will say 'Austria' on the bottom, Mehano made models will have 'Yugoslavia' stamped on the bottom and the Chinese cars will say 'Hong Kong' or 'China'. They originally came packaged with Rapido couplers and Nicke-Silver plated steel wheels. Recent releases come with knuckle couplers.

Road/Company Information:
Pacific Fruit Express (reporting mark PFE) was an American railroad refrigerator car leasing company that at one point was the largest refrigerator car operator in the world. The company was founded on December 7, 1906 as a joint venture between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It began operation on October 1, 1907, with a fleet of 6,600 refrigerator cars built by the American Car and Foundry Company (ACF).

In 1923, the Western Pacific Railroad joined the venture by leasing its own, brand new fleet of 2775 reefers to PFE. They were painted in standard PFE colors with only WP heralds on the cars instead of the paired UP-SP markings. The WP cars were all retired by the late 1950s, among the last wooden reefers in PFE's fleet. WP ended its partnership with PFE in late 1967 and joined Fruit Growers Express instead.

PFE's assets were divided between the UP and SP when the company was split on April 1, 1978. It is now a UP subsidiary.

Brand/Importer Information:
Founded in the late 1960's by Michael Tager, the 3rd generation business specializes in quality hobby products serving the toy and hobby markets worldwide. During its 50 years of operation, Model Power has developed a full line of model railroading products, die-cast metal aircraft, and die-cast metal cars and trucks.

In early 2014, Model Power ceased its business operations. Its extensive portfolio of intellectual property and physical assets are now exclusively produced, marketed, sold, and distributed by MRC (Model Power, MetalTrain and Mantua) and by Daron (Postage Stamp Airplanes and Airliner Collection).



Item created by: nscalestation on 2017-01-05 19:31:59. Last edited by gdm on 2017-03-07 15:13:27

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