Retired
Athearn - Item No. ATH25348
3.4 out of 5 Customer Rating

N 57' PCF Mechanical Reefer, SF #55472

MODEL FEATURES:

  • Fully assembled and ready for your layout
  • Body-mounted McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Machined 33" metal wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of tack
  • Weighted for optimum performance
  • Minimum radius: 10" 

PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:

Pacific Car and Foundry responded to the railroad's migration from ice stored in bunkers as a primary cooling system to the diesel mechanical systems. The mechanical reefers could keep a more regular temperature, often times colder than what the ice bunker cars could at the time. 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. Several different deliveries of the PC&F 57' mechanical reefer were made to many different railroads in the mid to late 1960s. Many have been rebuilt and are still in service today.

Product Specs

Manufacturer #
797534253483
Coupler Style
McHenry Scale Knuckle
Era
1941-1970, 1971-1990, 1991-2009, 2010-Present Day
Scale
N
Reporting Mark
SFRC
Sub Brand
ATHEARN