The Lionel O Scale 6-15074 Wood-Sided Reefer Mr. Goodbar 15074 models the wood sided reefer car. Refrigerated cars (Reefers) have been in use on North American railroads since the 1840s. The wood-sided reefer was introduced in 1887 and for many years reefer cars were exclusively of wood construction. In 1933 a few all steel reefer cars were in service. Pacific Fruit Express began building steel sided reefer cars in 1936, and Pullman-Standard introduced the welded steel body refrigerated car in 1936 as well. However, railroads were slow to convert to the new steel-sided cars and wood sided reefer cars lasted up to the 1970s. Ironically as the steel-sided reefers were slowly introduced unregulated truckers in the 1950s were able to divert most of the produce business away from the railroads.
Hershey's Mr. Goodbar : Milton Hershey began his career as an confectioner by opening a candy store in Philadelphia, PA, in 1873. After 1900 Hershey concentrated on making chocolate, introducing the "Hershey Chocolate Bar" in 1900. In 1903 Hershey built a new plant in Derry Church, PA- his home town- that grew into the company town of Hershey, still the home of Hershey's to this day. The world famous "Hershey's Kiss" was introduced in 1907- and is still a very popular product from. The brand on this reefer, Mr. Goodbar, was introduced in 1925 by the Hershey Company.
Historic Trivia: Founder Milton Hershey did not want the name "Hershey" associated with a candy bar with peanuts in it, so initially a dummy company called "Chocolate Sales Corporation" sold this product.
Road Number: 15074
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Minimum curve: O-27