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O General American 53'6" Wood Express Reefer

New Road Numbers & Paint Schemes!


At one time, the express refrigerator car was a common component of the nation's passenger trains. These cars provided fast delivery of perishable, high value crops and goods that demanded the speediest service the railroads could deliver. Since many of the cars were equipped with collapsible ice bunker bulkheads, the cars could double in mail and express package service.

The General American 53' 6" Wood Express Refrigerator cars were among the most common cars of this type used in the US. Not only were they used by many class 1 railroads in express mail and passenger service, they were perhaps best known in the liveries of the express companies, such as American Railway Express and Railway Express Agency.

Features Include:

  • Sprung die-cast GSC Commonwealth express car trucks

  • All metal ladders, stirrups and grab irons

  • Detailed underframe

  • Opening doors and roof hatches

  • Accurate painting and lettering

  • Approximate length: 13.5"

  • Minimum radius curve (2-Rail): 36"

  • Minimum diameter curve (3-Rail): O-36

Note: Atlas O body mounted scale couplers can be used on both 2-rail and 3-rail versions.

Four road numbers are available per road name.

3-Rail Item#

Road Name

2-Rail Item#


New Road Numbers!

3001000 Undecorated 3002000
3001001 American Railway Express 3002001

New Paint Schemes!

3001011 Frisco 3002011
3001012 Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis* 3002012
3001013 Railway Express Agency 3002013

*CSX Licensed Product

MSRP 3-Rail: $74.95
MSRP 2-Rail: $79.95

Estimated Delivery: February 2009

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