The Atlas HO Master 50' Plug Door Box Car Fruit Growers Express RBNX 90124 models the 50' Plug Door Box Car which was introduced in the early 1950s. The initial success in the late 1940s of the 40' refrigerator car prompted the slightly larger 50' model in the early 1950s. The AAR (Association of American Railroads) designation would mean this car was adopted as a standardized design. The plug door is designed to provide its own seal by taking advantage of the pressure difference on its two sides. Releasing the pressure will cause the door to open. The plug door enabled a much tighter seal, which was a great improvement in the design of reefer cars.
Note: While a reefer car is technically a box car with refrigeration, we would have called this product a "Reefer". However, in order to enable you to find the product, we accept Atlas Model's nomenclature.
Fruit Growers Express: Fruit Growers Express was a venture launched by Armour & Company, and leading producer of meats, to operate a fleet of leased refrigerator cars for the transport of produce from Florida to East Coast and Midwest markets. FGE customers complained FGE was engaged in predatory rate practices and in 1919, in response to this complaint, the Federal Trade Commission ordered Armour to divest FGE. Fruit Grower's Express emerged as an independent company in 1920 with a reefer car fleet, plus car repair and icing facilities, serving corridors from Florida to the Northeast and Midwest. It was not long before railroads such as Norfolk & Western, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, and New Haven began purchasing stakes in FGE. Fruit Growers Express still exists, as a 100% owned subsidiary of CSX.
We recommend Ages 14 and Up.