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N Scale - Industrial Rail - 7793RFP - Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical - Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac - 2802

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N Scale - Industrial Rail - 7793RFP - Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical - Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac - 2802


Brand Industrial Rail
Stock Number 7793RFP
Manufacturer Sanda Kan
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Sanda Kan Reefer 50 Foot Mechanical
Prototype Type Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical (Details)
Road or Company Name Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac (Details)
Reporting Marks RF&P
Road or Reporting Number 2802
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Release Date 1990-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Mechanical
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Life-Like contracted with Sanda Kan in China sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s to produce these 50 foot mechanical reefer models. Sanda Kan also produced these same cars for Industrial Rail. They feature metal wheels and Rapido couplers.

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 Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (reporting mark RFP) was a railroad connecting Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C. It is now the RF&P Subdivision of the CSX Transportation system.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Industrial Rail was an importer of Chinese made N Scale rolling stock in the 1990s. They forged a relationship with Sanda Kan, a manufacturer in southern China to import model railroad cars from a series of toolings that Sanda Kan had developed for Life-Like in the 1980s. Apparently Life-Like did not have an exclusive relationship to import these models and Industrial Rail took advantage of this fact.

Manufacturer Information:
Established in 1973, Sanda Kan was originally a venture (subsidiary?) of Life-Like products. In 1979, Mr. Wai Shing Ting, formerly of Cox Hong Kong, joined Sanda Kan and took over as de facto CEO. At some point ownership of the venture changed hands and Mr. Ting became the primary owner. In 2000, Ting sold Sanda Kan to ZS Fund. The company was later resold to Kader Holdings, the venerable Hong Kong based toy manufacturer. The original location of the Sanda Kan facility was in Hong Kong, but after the liberalization of the mainland Chinese economy, the primary manufacturing site moved to Guang Dong (Canton), while the administrative offices appear to have remained in Hong Kong. At its height, Sanda Kan operated in 10 factories across Guang Dong with over 10,000 employees in 1.2 million square feet of space.

Sanda Kan is a highly recognized developer and manufacturer of precision models. It produces a full range of model train locomotives, from the very small 1:220 scale to the large 1:22 scale products. Other hobby items include electronic slot racing cars, sophisticated digital controls as well as accessories such as scenery, promotional cars and trucks. It continues to work closely with some of the world’s leading brands from concept to mold construction through to final production.

Sanda Kan’s unique structure allows for maximum flexibility. Its production facilities are located in Songgang, Shenzhen and Wanjiang, Dongguan. Each location is outfitted with mould shops providing full service on-site mould construction and maintenance. Both locations are also sub-divided into individual factories capable of manufacturing complete products, which are comprehensively equipped with injection moulding machines, tempo printing and spraying facilities, and dedicated assembly lines. This arrangement provides our clients with the dedicated capacity, service and privacy levels that they may require.

In 2008, Sanda Kan was acquired by Kader Holdings, the parent company of Bachmann and Tinco, but remains in operation producing model trains for numerous clients including: Atlas, Lionel, Aristo-Craft, Micro-Ace, S-Helper, Hornby, Brawa, Marklin and Tomix.

For more on Sanda Kan and Mr. Wai Shing Ting, please visit the Atlas Model Trains article on Wai Shing Ting.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-10-03 10:46:30. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-06-22 10:30:08

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