The Atlas HO Scale Master 40' Wood Reefer Karlsbrau Beer 3215 models the 40' wood reefer in general use on North American railroads from the 1920s to the 1960s. The 36' reefer car (See our Catalog for selections) was the standard sized reefer in the early part of the 20th Century, but over time the slightly larger 40' reefer car became more popular. Whether 36' or 40', these reefer cars used ice placed in bunkers to keep the produce, poultry, dairy, or meat refrigerated. Railroads used icing stations at around 300-400 mile increments to replenish the ice, which was a significant investment both it terms of manpower and physical plant. In the 1950s mechanical refrigeration began replacing these earlier models- by the 1960s the earlier reefer cars had been phased out.
Karlsbrau Beer: The Duluth Brewing and Malting Company was founded in Duluth, MN, in 1896, and continued in business as a small brewery until 1966. The growing size of the major breweries and the consolidation of the industry was leaving many small producers, such as Duluth Brewing, unable to achieve economies of scale or spend the advertising dollars in an increasingly media driven age. (Note: "Brau" is the German word for "brewery").
We recommend Ages 14 and Up.