The Atlas HO Master 36' Wood Reefer Nickle Plate Lackawanna Dairy Line models the 36' wood reefer in general use on North American railroads from the 1920s to the 1960s. This particular Atlas model is designed after the reefer cars built by theGeneral American Car Company in 1925 for the Cudahy Packing Company. For many years these workhorses transported meat, dairy, beer, and various food products all over North America. The wood reefers were cooled by manufactured ice, which became available in the early 1900s. The reefer trains were high priority trains of about the same importance as passenger trains. Regular stops every few hundred miles were required to refill the ice supply. Starting in the 1950s mechanical reefers enabled the railroads to phase out the reefers that required icing.
Nickle Plate Lackawanna Dairy Line: In the 1920s the Nickle Plate Road and the Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western Railroad formed the Nickle Plate Lackawanna Dairy Line, a joint venture. Nickle Plate leased 300 36' reefer cars built by North American Car all using the "NPLX" reporting marks. The partnership lasted only about 10 years.
We recommend for 14 Years and Up.