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Pacific Fruit Express boxcar, HO scale PFE printed reefer sides
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Sep 24, 2012
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Arroyo Grande, CA, United States


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PFE reefer boxcar numbered between 20020 and 20025 in choice/of car number, 2 car sides & 2 ends printed full color on cardstock, not 4 ends as shown unless you get more than one. If you get two or more they will have different car numbers at no extra charge and shipping is free for additional printed pairs of sides! This BUY IT NOW item will not be renewed or extended once the time expires. You have absolute permission to sell resulting cars using my printed sides on ebay on existing cars or kits. One Z scale ebayer is getting as much as $50 per car doing this!

In 1946, PFE, jointly owned & operated by Southern Pacific and Union Pacific, ordered 2000 new all-steel R40 reefers to supplement its prewar wooden reefers, in May and 3000 more in August 1946. Many years later, small diesel engines were added to 1000 of the cars to operate cooling fans in the cars. R40 stood for Refrigerator Car, 40 ton, not the length of the car though it was about 40 feet. The larger 50 foot steel reefers built later were designated R70 for 70 ton capy. All lettering was black, including the SP herald, but the UP herald was red, white & blue. When the cars were repainted in the 1960s, Pacific Fruit Express was printed in much larger Gothic semi-serif lettering to the right of the door with SP & UP heralds in all black to the left of the door. Starting in 1938, when PFE journal boxes were repacked, the date was put in the pair of rectangles on the lower right side. On this car, you can locate it under the UP herald. In 1966, longer R70 mechanical reefers, 2000 of them, were ordered. That was the year the government decided that ladders and running board roof walks were no longer needed, so the railroads were ordered not to build them that way anymore and remove them from older cars when possible. The first 1200 had already been delivered but the remaining 800 R70 cars came without ladders, so your 1966 era cars can be with or without ladders. The ladders were originally black or Tuscan red, later painted orange to match the car side. Roof, car ends & roof walk were Tuscan red, the roof ice hatches black. Later the ends were repainted black & and the roof silver or white. In 1965, reporting marks (PFE & car number) were switched from black to white lettering, set inside a black-background in a rectangle shape.

For more info on PFE cars, see Pacific Fruit Express by Thompson, Church & Jones, Central Valley Pubs, 1992. Some of the early wooden PFE reefers never left the "home" railroad, and only had a SP or UP herald instead of both. This would fit right in with any steam or diesel-era layout. Note: shipping is the same for US, Canada & world-wide! Free shipping for each additional one at the same time

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