During the 1930s, car companies first began using steel in constructing refrigerator cars to keep perishable freight cool with ice in the days before mechanical refrigeration. Some even incorporated electric fans to circulate the cool air. Many of these cars ran into the 1960s. The Lionel Steel-sided Reefers follow in the tradition of our recent Standard O offerings such as the General American Milk Cars.
- Die-cast metal sprung trucks and operating couplers with hidden uncoupling tab
- Die-cast metal underframe detail
- Opening doors
- Opening roof hatches with props
- Separately applied metal details