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Great Northern/Western Fruit Express
Railroad Refrigerator Car
Page

RAILROADING



You may wish to visit the NMRA Logo HUB DIVISION and the SUNRISE TRAIL DIVISION
  both of the
    NORTHEAST REGION of the NATIONAL MODEL RAILROAD ASSOCIATION.



Great Northern/Western Fruit Express
Railroad Refrigerator Car
Page

(Moved from Model Railroad Page 4 on 10 Nov 2004)


NOTE:  My pages were limited by AT&T, without warning, to 30kB!  Thus, I had been forced to add this continuation page and separate pages to fit the lengthy Berlinerwerke saga in HO and Z scales.


INDEX

    (truncated to conserve space)

On the first MRR page:

  Sunrise Trail Division (STD) of the
      Northeastern Region (NER) of the
      National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
  Long Island - Sunrise Trail Chapter (LIST) of the
.       National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)
.   Long Island Live Steamers.   Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Reefers
        (moved to this MRR page 4 on 07 May 01).

On the 2nd MRR page:

Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model

    Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad
        (now on its own page)

    Degnon Terminal Railroad, plus       Murrer's Sidings
      Kearney Sidings,

    Marion River Carry Railroad         (now on its own page)

On the preceding (3rd) MRR page:

    REALLY HEAVY Electrics -
        (moved from Main MRR Page - 18 Oct 99).

    Model Railroad Miscellany -
        (including material moved from Main MRR Page - 18 Oct 99).         and including:
    A and B vs. F (and 1 and 2) Ends.
    PRR/Wrong Island #007 Cabin Car.
    Garden Railway Scales.
    Making a Stacker from a Front End Loader.
    Berlinerwerke-ALCo RSD-1m.
    Model Railroading HELP!.

On MRR Continuation Page 4:

    Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Reefers
        (moved to this page 10 Nov 04).

    Railroad Grades

    Model Railroad Photography

    More Model Railroad Miscellany, with
        Hobbytown of Boston (Bear Locomotive Co.).

On MRR Continuation Page 5:

    Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model - continued
        Atlas Terminal RR

On this Great Northern/Western Fruit Express page:

    Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Reefers
        (moved to MRR page 4 from the main page 07 May 2001
        and to this page 10 Nov 2004).
    Oops! - Mantua GN Boxcar.
    World of Trains N Reefers.   new (25 Mar 2014)

See also the new Rail-Auto Page, with "critters" you can model.

On Z-Scale pages:

  Z-Scale
  Z-Scale Narrow Gauge (really)
  Scale and Gauge
  Scale Conversion Table
  Z-Scale Miscellany
  Z-Scale Wiring Conventions
  Z-Scale Vehicles and Märklin Rubber Autos
  and much more on Page 2 and noted below.
  Z-Scale Page 3 with
    Half-Z Scale - 1:440 Tiny Trains and even 1:900 Tiniest Trains!
  Ztrack Magazine

On the LIRR Continuation Page 3:
  Victorian Stations Still Standing on the LIRR
    (with dimensions)

On separate pages:

  S. Berliner, III's Pennsylvania Railroad Page
    with THE SOUTH PENN RR
    and PRR Modeling (Penn Line/Cary/Bowser)
  Berlinerwerke Saga (HO, included with Horseshoe Curve info.)
  Horseshoe Curve Cont. Page 3:
    Dimensions of the Horseshoe Curve -
        a mile-by-mile and even foot-by-foot guide to the Curve - and
    Dimensions in N (1:160) and Z (1:220) scales -
  Horseshoe Curve Cont. Page 4, with satellite photo and description.
  Berlinerwerke-Z Saga (Z-Scale) and ff.
  Berlinerwerke Apocrypha (tall tales of the BW and its equipment and such>
  Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha (taller tales?)
  ALCo (American Locomotive Works)
  EMD - Electro-Motive Division of GM - models, etc.,
    including the fabled BW DDP45 and other EMD engines
    EMD may never have dreamed of!
  HOW TO BOOT A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE or How to hostle without really tiring -
      (Firing up a cold oil burner - in 1:1 scale).
  Schnable and other Giant RR Cars, et seq..
  The Whyte System of Classification (4-4-0, 4-6-2, B-B, etc.).


Visit these courtesy and official home pages:

Long Island Sunrise - Trail Chapter
(National Railway Historical Society)

Sunrise Trail Division
(Northeastern Region)
(National Model Railroad Association)

Ztrack Magazine
The Newsletter for Z Scale Model Railroading
Z-Scale is only 1:220 with rails only ¼" apart!
It is about 2½ times smaller than HO!

Long Island Live Steamers


You may also wish to jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Page


MODEL RAILROADING (continuation)
Great Northern (and Burlington Northern)
Western Fruit Express Reefers and Boxcars*


WFEX#67899
Western Fruit Express refrigerator car #67899, photographed at Denver, Colorado in July, 1951
This image (call number OP-12078) is from the collection of the photographs of the late Otto Perry (b.1894, d.1970)
held at the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library, and is copyrighted (from Wikipedia).

Westerfield WFEX Reefer
Image of Westerfield Kit #6002 TYPE 1 AC&F REEFER GN/WFEX Car No. 54198

[The list got so big that I moved this material from the main MRR page 07 May 2001
and then to this separate page 10 Nov 2004.]

Western Fruit Express was a railroad refrigerator car leasing company formed by the Great Northern Railway and Fruit Growers Express on July 18, 1923 in order to compete with Pacific Fruit Express and Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch.  Western Fruit Express handled food products from the Pacific Northwest to distribution points and on to Chicago and beyond.  RBWX road marks became RBBN after the formation of Burlington Northern suggesting a wholly owned subsidiary instead of a separate leasing company.  During the early days of BN, it was common to see cars still with Great Northern paint but with re-stenciled reporting marks.   new (25 Mar 2014)

    [after Wheels of Time website.] As noted in the Berlinerwerke story, I became enamored early on of the
Great Northern - Western Fruit Express yellow reefers* and have amassed quite
a number of models (or kits) of them and their closest relatives; the list
which follows also includes a few which I never quite acquired (so far):

					(HO, unless noted)  Eff. Date:  03 Dec 2011

IT.	ROAD  TYPE(ice,	MODEL		MFR'S KIT			             PROTOTYPE	REP.
NO.     NO.	mech.)	BUILDER    	or RTR NO.	CLASSIFICATION		RR.	MARKS	NOTES
---	----	----	-------		-----		--------------		---	-----	-----
H00	68232	Ice	Mantua (orig.)	????		40' Wood		GN	WFEX    {wood/metal)#
			  [Finally got one on 23 Oct 04!]
H01	8100	Mech.	Pacific HO	G2003-345	50' Steel		GN	WFCX	Golden Spike
H02	9345	Mech.	Athearn	5466			57' Steel		BN	WFCX	(outside braced)
H03	71034	Ice	Athearn	5216			40' Wood		GN	WFEX
H04	67908	Mech.	Model Power	9054		50' Steel		BN	WFEX	Thermo King (Aluminum)
H05	66347	Ice	Suncoast	6006		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	(original, all wood)
H06	7954	Ice	Suncoast	6007		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	(modernized, all wood)
H07	71864	Ice	Suncoast	6008		40' Wood		BN	WFBX	(BN, all wood)
H08	64040	Ice	RoCo		47900		40' Steel		BN	RBWX*	(track cleaner)
H09	8813	Mech.	Athearn				50' Steel		GN	WFCX	(outside braced)
H10	69266	Ice	(???)				40' Wood		GN	WFEX	(ice platforms)
H11	68650	Ice	Train Miniature			40' Wood		GN	WFEX
H12	49384	Ice	Walthers	932-2303	40' Wood		GN	WFEX	(ex-Train Miniature)
H13	49348	Ice	Train Miniature			40' Wood		GN	WFEX
H14	67997	Ice	G. F. Menzies	5-112		40' Steel		GN	WFEX	(Athearn metal)
H15	62761	Ice	Pacific HO			40' Wood		GN	WFEX	Silver Streak (wood)
H16	67979	Ice	D. J. Baker	5-112		40' Steel		GN	WFEX	(Athearn metal)
H17	66357	Ice	Life-Like	4711		38' Wood		GN	WFEX	(Bev-Bel paint)
H18	62761	Ice	Silver Streak	S701-345	42' Wood		GN	WFEX	(wood, 10-52)
H19	64189	Ice	Tichy (undec.)	4024		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	(ice platforms)
H20	62761	Ice	Silver Streak	S701-345	42' Wood		GN	WFEX	(wood, very old)
H21	63175	Ice	Red Ball/H. Day	(from 99)	42' Wood		GN	WFEX	(printed sides, only)
H22	54198	Ice	Westerfield	6002		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	AC&F Type 1 (pix above)
H23	63175	Ice	Red Ball/H. Day	99 (R5)		42' Wood, Truss Rod	GN	WFEX	(wood/printed sides, kit)
H24	401	Ice	Mantua		739-180		40' Woodside, Heavy	GN	WFEX	(plastic)
H25	49543	Ice	Accurail	4803		40' Wood, Fish Belly	GN	WFEX	(plastic)


H--	67000s	???	Sunshine	--		36' Wood		GN	WFEX	1927 tall cars
H--	65000s	???	Sunshine	--		36' Wood		GN	WFEX	1921 short cars
H--	???	Ice	Walthers	932-952 6-pk	40' Wood		GN	WFEX
H--	???	Ice	Intermountain	--		40' --			GN	WFE?	Riveted Sides
H--	68650?	Ice	Walthers	932-2507	40' Steel		GN	WFEX	(ex-Train Miniature?)
H--		Ice	Huff-N-Puff	40		36' Wood
H--	???	Ice	Huff-N-Puff	71		50' Wood		GN	WFEX	"Angular Roof"
H--		Mech.	Rail-Runner/CMS	286		57'			BN	BNFE	WFE
H--		Mech.	Rail-Runner/CMS	286-1		57'			BN	BNFE	WFE
H--	78058	Mech.?	Walthers	931-631		40' Steel		GN	WFEX	(ex-Train Line)
H--	66372	Ice	Accurail	4803		40' Wood, Fish Belly	GN	WFEX	(plastic)


H--	101	Ice	MDC/RoundHouse	03617		50' Wood, Fish Belly	GN	WFEX	(plastic) Express Reefer (21 Nov 08)
H--	73479	Ice	Intermountain	47703-10	42'{?}	Wood		GN	WFEX	(plastic)   added (03 Dec 2011)
H--	64561	Boxcar	Athearn/Genesis	G69016		50' Steel, Welded   	GN 	RBWX	(plastic) 10' Plug Door PC&F   added (03 Dec 2011)
H--	19007	Mech.	Athearn		71427		57' Steel		BN	BNFE	(plastic) WFE Green   added (03 Dec 2011)
H--	69275	Ice	Accurail	8503		40' Steel, Plug Door	GN	WFEX	(plastic)  new (03 Dec 2011)

O01	9919	Ice	Lionel		6-9819		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	O scale, tinplate
O02	72065	Ice	Atlas		6737		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	O scale, fifth series
O03	70598	Ice 	MTH		--		40'{?} Wood		GN	WHIX	O Scale  added (26 Mar 2011)
O04	63175	Ice	Lionel (custom painted)		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	O scale (by D. Stubbs, N. E. Trains) (25 Mar 2014)

S01	69384	Boxcar	American Models	2205		40' Wood, Plug Door	GN	WFEX*	S-scale

N01	8813	Mech.	Con Cor		1671-B		50' Steel		GN	WFCX	N scale
N02	64040	Ice	RoCo				40' Steel		BN	RBWX*	N scale track cleaner
N03	8812	Mech.	Kadee (2 of 6)	70030		51' 3¾"St.		GN	WFCX	N scale, Vertical Ribs
N04	8839	Mech.	Kadee (6 of 6)	70030		51' 3¾"St.		GN	WFCX	N scale, Vertical Ribs
N05	72102	Ice	Kadee		47330		40' Wd., dbl.sh.		GN	WFEX	N scale, working hatches
N06	812	Mech.	Kadee (2 of 6)	69012		51' 3¾"St.		GN	WFCX	N scale, Riveted Sides
N07	848	Mech.	Kadee (6 of 6)	69012		51' 3¾" Steel		GN	WFCX	N scale, Riveted Sides
N08	8522	Mech.	Con-Cor		001-148211-2	57'			GN	WFCX	N-scale, Vertical Ribs
--	????	Ice	Atlas				40' Wood		GN	W??X	N scale
N09		Ice	Intermountain	--		40' --			GN	WFE?	N-scale, Riveted Sides
N10	9310	Mech.	MDC/Roundhouse	8433		57' Steel Plug Door	BN	WFCX	N-scale (05 Feb 00)
N11	60292	Boxcar	Micro-Trains	21460		40' Boxcar, Plug Door	GN	RBWX	N-scale, Vertical Ribs
N12	101	Ice	MDC/Roundhouse	82904		50' Wood, Fish Belly	GN	WFEX	N-scale Express Reefer (20 May 05)
N--	68116	Ice	Intermountain	65505		40' Wood R40-23		GN	WFEX	N-scale 12#s (17 Apr 07)
N--	73264	Ice	Intermountain	67703		40' Wood R40-23		GN	WFEX	N-scale - large goat 12#s (17 Apr 07)
N--	645xx	Insul.	Wheels of Time	6104x (4#)	50' Wood Ins. Boxcar	GN	RBWX	N-scale - Insulated Boxcars, small goat, lines (25 Mar 2014)
N--	645xx	Insul.	Wheels of Time	6104x (3#)	50' Wood Ins. Boxcar	GN	RBWX	N-scale - Insulated Boxcars, large goat (25 Mar 2014)
N--	64552	Insul.	Wheels of Time	61050		50' Wood Ins. Boxcar	GN	RBBN	N-scale - Insulated Boxcar, large goat (25 Mar 2014)

T01	54739	Ice	Railtech/Tempe	TEMR12		40' Wood		GN	WFEX	TT scale {06 Dec 95}

Z01		Insul.	Micro-Trains	13606-2		40' Boxcar, Plug Door	BN	BREX	Z scale, Wood Sides (ersatz)
Z02	67753	Ice	Freudenreich	ZF312/ZB312	50' Reefer		GN	WFEX	Z scale, Wood Sides
Z03	68242	Ice	PennZee		WFE 2007	40' Steel		GN	WFEX	Z scale
Z04		Ice	Father Nature			36'{?} Wood		GN	WFEX	Z scale  added (03 Sep 2013)
Z05	9000+	Mech	Intermountain	88820		57' Steel Plug Door	GN	WFCX	Z scale, R-70-20, 6 rd. #s  added (03 Sep 2013)
---	----	----	-------		-----		--------------		---	-----	-----
IT.	ROAD  TYPE(ice,	MODEL		MFR'S KIT		             PROTOTYPE	REP.
NO.     NO.	mech.)	BUILDER    	or RTR NO.	CLASSIFICATION		RR.	MARKS	NOTES
---	----	----	-------		-----		--------------		---	-----	-----
Broken Sets (sold off): -- 801 Mech. Kadee (1 of 6) 69012 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Riveted Sides -- 827 Mech. Kadee (3 of 6) 69012 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Riveted Sides -- 837 Mech. Kadee (4 of 6) 69012 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Riveted Sides -- 840 Mech. Kadee (5 of 6) 69012 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Riveted Sides -- 8808 Mech. Kadee (1 of 6) 70030 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Vertical Ribs -- 8823 Mech. Kadee (3 of 6) 70030 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Vertical Ribs -- 8829 Mech. Kadee (4 of 6) 70030 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Vertical Ribs -- 8832 Mech. Kadee (5 of 6) 70030 51' 3¾" GN WFCX N scale, Vertical Ribs --- ---- ---- ------- ----- -------------- --- ----- ----- IT. ROAD TYPE(ice, MODEL MFR'S KIT PROTOTYPE REP. NO. NO. mech.) BUILDER or RTR NO. CLASSIFICATION RR. MARKS NOTES

NOTE:  None of the above are brass (except in Z) - only wood or plastic models are noted.  One is painted silver (Model Power? - I'll have to check) and now (2011) one is BN green.  There are (or have been) other sets, as well, and brass and wood models of WFEX express reefers, which are quite different in appearance and are not listed here.  This, of course, overlooks the fact that the old Mantua car had a stamped metal body and ends.   rev (03 Dec 2011)

Well - I received a mailing (18 Oct 1999) from Mountaineer Brass (Route 8, Box 148A, Fairmont, West Virginia  26554-8720, 304-363-8327) which included Shoreham Shops Limited HO factory-finished brass GNEX4 Express Reefer 50' #100-1999 by Boo-Rim Precision and #400-499 (same car, after renumbering in 1945) at $171.

With the digital SLR up and running, here are the main HO WFEX cars in a single string (panned in two shots) and a bunch of N, HO, and O cars in temporary storage on the HO Berlinerwerke (29 Jan 1999):

WFEX - left end of HO string

WFEX -right end of HO string

WFEX - N, HO, and O cars in storage

S and TT cars are on hand but not yet built;
an ersatz Z car exists (a production model follows:)

WOW! - There are two Z-scale (1:220) WFEX models!

FR Z WFEX Reefer
Image of developmental 50' model from Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik.
(image courtesy Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik)

FR Z WFEX Reefer
[Thumbnail image; click on picture for larger image.]
Image of pre-production 50' model from Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik (21 Oct 99).

[See FREUDENREICH FEINWERKTECHNIK's site
and, for more detailed info., see my own "FREUDENREICH Z-scale page, et seq..]

and, of course, my ersatz 40' one (see my Berlinerwerke-Z Saga:

BW-Z GN/WFEX Reefer

Here is my brand-new (17 Nov 2002) PennZee 40' steel reefer:

PennZee WFEX 40' Reefer
18 Nov 2002 photo by and © 2002 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
(image to be reshot when I find my missing closeup lenses)

* - This is very embarrassing but I never realized until 10 Nov 2004 that there actually were Great Northern Western Fruit Express BOXCARS!  I had always assumed that the models were just sloppy versions of the reefers.

# - On 23 Oct 2004, I finally found an original Mantua car, a bit shopworn, and missing a few details, but, for a very few bucks, I have one!  Note that it has the old Mantua loop couplers, which are missing their threaded actuator rods (I have some in my ancient junk box, if I can find it, but I'll substitute Kadee MKD-5s):

MantuaWFEX"
23 Oct 2004 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved

The step castings are broken off and one end (right, above) is sprung loose, I'll need to fabricate new door latches (the one on the other side is gone), and I wonder if ANY amount of cleaning can pry that dust of ages loose from the roof, but her trucks are lightly sprung and free-rolling and she'll soon take her rightful place as the queen of my HO string!

I got my Mantua HO set when I was 7; that's well over a half-century ago and I was pretty darned pleased to spot that car in a pile of junk cars at the Greenburg Show at Hofstra University that day!  I am one happy camper!


Ooops!  At the Great South Bay Model RR Show on Sunday, 07 Dec 2007, I was wandering the aisles and spotted this for $10:

MantuaGNBoxcar"
08 Jan 07 photos by and © 2007 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved

Only $10?  I scooped it up without haggling and even brought it home and took these photos before I realized it was a GN "BOXCAR", NOT a reefer, let alone a WFEX reefer!  Oh, well; it is an original Mantua in its original box.  More on this on my Model RR Page 1.  At the very least, they got Rocky in white, as he should be.


I had completely forgotten about the N-scale WFEX 50' wood Express Refrigerator car (N12 in the list) and, when a friend showed me the same car, #101, in HO by MDC-Roundhouse, I got wildly excited (who, me, exaggerate?) and arranged a trade for my almost-identical older car (decorated for REA):

RdHouseXoprRfr
22 Nov 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved

The only major difference is that my old one had steel axles (rusted); this newer one has brass axles.  Now, all I have to do is swap those X2fs for Kadees and re-shoot the picture (focused, this time) and shoot the N-scale car with it.


World of Trains N-Scale 50' PCF Western Fruit Express Reefers. (25 Mar 2014)


Here's a pretty poor grab shot of no. O04 as listed above, r/n 63175, a Lionel 40' GN WFEX wood ice reefer in O scale custom painted by D. Stubbs, which I picked up at North East Trains in Peabody, MA, ca. 25 Mar 2014:   new (21 Jul 2015)

LionleOWFEX
21 Jul 2015 photo by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved

I have to take the dealer's word that it's a Lionel car because the only marking underneath is the initials "CMP" (which I rather doubt stands for the old "Civilian Marksmanship" Program" or for "Condensed Matter Physics".



There is an incredible simulation program by Charlie Dockstadter on steam valve gear available on the Alaska Live Steamers VALVE GEAR ON THE COMPUTER page.


If you like model railroading nonsense (and good tips), take a gander at Jim Wells' incredible
and at the AW NUTS Magazine site, "A Publication of the A.W. N.U.T.S. Garden Railway Society".


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