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A refrigerator car is a refrigerated boxcar (U.S.), a piece of railroad rolling stock designed to carry perishable freight at specific temperatures. Refrigerator cars differ from simple insulated boxcars and ventilated boxcars (commonly used for transporting fruit), neither of which are fitted with cooling apparatus. Reefers in these early days were ice-cooled.

The DRGW roster information below has not been updated since 1999 by Jim Eager.  If you know of the current deposition of a car listed below or you spot missing, inaccurate data, have model suggestion or a picture for any Rio Grande boxcar we'd love to see & hear about it.   Contact the RGM&HS webmaster at: rgmhswebmaster@rgmhs.org

Reefers & Insulated Box Cars 1887 - 1959

Series Lbs Type I L CuFt Bldr Blt - Yr Ret Commodity HO Model N Model Design Notes
100-119 24 RS 24-03 ? < 1890 <1897 Perishables Wood, truss rod ex-ng <90?, RE# to 170-187?
150-169 30 RS 27-03 Rblt < 1897 <1826 Perishables Wood, truss rod ex-1000-1024, 1 car in 1923
170-187 24 RS 24-02 ? < 1897 <1821 Perishables Wood, truss rod ex-100-119 <97?
31000-31199 60 RS 41-00* 2184 H&B 9- 1909 1950 Perishables Wood, SCS, truss rod, Rblt 9-26 *Exterior length
31200-31214 60 RA 41-00* 2184 Rblt 9- 1926 <1946 Meat Wood, SCS, truss rod, meat racks added
31250 70 RS 42-04* 2088 ACF? - 1915 1950 Perishables WEST Wood, SUF *Ex-URTC? Acquired in 1940
31500-31511 60 RB 41-00* 2570 Rblt 9- 1926 1950 Ice Wood, SCS, truss rod, ice bunkers removed
*50100-50109* 96 RBL 50-01 4360 GATC - 1955 Temp Sens Gds BL Rivt, R4/4 ID, 7-7 YPD, Duryea *GARX reporting marks, leased GATC
*50900-50999* 107 RBL 50-01 4360 GATC - 1957 Temp Sens Gds BL Rivt, R4/4 ID, 7-7 YPD, Duryea *GARX reporting marks, leased GATC


Lbs Weight capacity in lbs x 1,000
Type AAR car type code (i.e. XM = boxcar, etc.)
IL Interior Length or tank
Bldr ACF = American Car & Foundry; BSC = Bethlehem Steel Car; CSCC = Chicago Steel Car Co.; GATC = General American Transportation Co.; H&B; = Haskell & Barker; IC&E; = Illinois Car & Equipment; KCSS = Kansas City Structural Steel; LCC = Litchfield Car Co; MPC = Michigan-Peninsular Car; MC&F; = Missouri Car & Foundry; MCW = Michgan Car Works; MVC = Mt. Vernon Car (PSC); OFC = Ohio Falls Car; PAC = Pennsylvania Car; PCC = Peninsular Car Co.; PSC = Pressed Steel Car; PS = Pullman-Standard; PUL = Pullman; SSC = Standard Steel Car; W&F; = Wells & French; WSCF = Western Steel Car & Foundry (PSC)
Date-Yr Month and Year built
Ret Last year class was listed in ORER
Commodity Most commonly shipped
HO Kit & N Kit Closest available kit or RTR: * indicates needs modifications; () indicates stand-in only. Manufacturers: ACCU=Accurail; AMB=Ambroid; ATH=Athearn; ATLAS=Atlas; BACH=Bachmann; BL=Branchline Trains; BOWS=Bowser; CBT=C&BT Shops; CON=Con-Cor; CUS=Custom Rail Shops; DA=Details Associates; DVFC=Delaware Valley Freight Car; E&C=E&C Shops; ECW=Eastern Car Works; EEL=Eel River Models; DLX=DeLuxe Innovations; FRP=Front Range Products; GLOR=Gloor Craft; IMT=Intermountain; LAM=Lambert; LL=Life-Like; McK=McKean Models; MDC=Model Die Casting; MT=Micro Trains; OMI=Overland Models; P2K=Proto 2000; PFM=Pacific Fast Mail; PIT=Pittsburgh Scale Models; PM=Precision Masters; RR=Robins Rails; STW=Stewart Hobbies; TICH=Tichy Train Group; WAL=Walthers; WEST=Westerfield;
Design General design features: YSD=Youngstown Sliding Door, YPD=Youngstown Plug Door; YPDX=Youngstown Plug Door Exterior Post; PPD=Pullman " Plug Door; SPD4=Superior Plug Door; ID=Improved Dreadnaught ends, cush=cushioned underframe, Duryea=Duryea cush u.f., FS=ACF Freight Saver cush u.f., Waugh=Waugh cush u.f., EOC=end of car cushioning
Notes General notes
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