Athearn #24702 57' Mechanical Reefer w/Sound - Burlington Northern

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Number 24702
Manufacturer Athearn
Detailed Information 57’ MECHANICAL REEFER FEATURES Available with onboard SoundTraxx sound Scaled from prototype manufacturer’s drawings and field measurements Underframe detail including Keystone cushioning air brake reservoir control valve brake cylinder and fuel tank Two different exhaust stack types straight pipe with “flapper” or T-shaped “smokejack” per prototype and era Body-mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers 100-ton roller bearing trucks with 36” machined metal wheels that operate on all Code 55 and 80 rail Fully-assembled and ready-to-run Accurately painted and printed for prototypical realism Highly-detailed injection-molded body Weighted for trouble-free operation Minimum radius 9 ¾” — Recommended radius 11” PRIMED FOR GRIME MODELS FEATURE Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment Faded base colors matched to the prototype Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust SOUND-EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE Sound recorded from actual genset Sound randomly cycles on and off Utilizes minimum track power Raise and lower the volume by adjusting the potentiometer PROTOTYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION One of the greatest freight car innovations of the 20th century was the creation of the refrigerator car commonly referred to as a “reefer.” The ability to haul perishables such as fruits vegetables and meat products across the country was a major factor in the development of modern America. No longer did food have to be produced close enough to urban areas so that it could be consumed before spoiling. At the same time areas with additional capacity for agricultural production could produce more food since it did not have to be sold locally. For many years reefers relied on ice bunkers to keep loads cool. After World War II technological advances made mechanical refrigeration practical for a freight car. In addition a mechanical reefer could be larger than an ice reefer because of the greater cooling capabilities. Fruit Growers Express owned the largest fleet of reefers in the East. FGE was owned by a group of ten railroads with Atlantic Coast Line and Southern being two of the largest original owners. Many of FGE cars were built at its Jacksonville Shops including these 57’ smooth-side mechanical reefers. Specifications DCC Equipped SOUND Tsunami2 PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURER 0 Minimum Age Recommendation 14 years Is Assembly Required No
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Item # 24702
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Rolling Stock Reefers
Road Name Burlington Northern - BN