Freight train with a solid block of reefer cars
The ice cooled reefer cars belong to the transition area.
With their bright yellow and orange colours they really differ from the dull brown freight cars.
The different shades of the car-sides give a nice expression to a solid reefer train.
Such trains moved the fruits and vegetables from California to the big cities in the north-east.
I like models of reefer-cars. With their ice hatches on the roof they are different to ordinary boc cars.
With individual weathering I try to bring this different shades into a row of reefers.
The Orange Empire
I call my O-Scale paradise the "Orange Empire"
It is southern California, it is sunshine and yes it is citrus-growing.
Orange fruits are collected from their trees.
In the backgrund the reefers filled with these fruits move to the distant markets.
Santa Fe Class RR29 Reefer
This is an urethan-kit to become a billboard reefer
Pacific Fruit Express R-30-12-9
A classic wood-plated reefer car.
It is covered by dirt from the long journey.
It is an Intermountain kit - I like those freight cars.
I have installed new metal wheel sets.
Fruit Growers Express - Refrigerator Car
A cleaned car that shows traces of wear on the yellow paint.
It is an Intermountain Kit with new metal wheel sets.
Looking from above to the roofs of the moving train.
On the roof of cars weathering is very important.
Black traces caused by the exhaust gases of the locomotives.
The wooden planks of the walking boards show a light colour of old wood - the paint is eroded.
Around the ice hatches the light colour shows traces of salt and dried water.
Detailing a reefer car
I use the filigree ladders to give the car a realistic look.
Grab irons and coupler-lever are formed from 0,5mm brass wire.
I like the new generation of Kadee couplers - they look good!
The foto was taken before weathering took the shiny look away.
Comment to the foto above:
Yes the large map on the side of the car is a decal.
For a high quality application of decals I need a glossy paint surface.
I wet the decal with water, wait until it is soft and can be moved freely.
I apply it to the surface with a good film of water - this way I can easily move the decal to its final position.
Then I wait until the decal has dried a bit, excessive water can be removed with a small brush.
Then I carefully apply the decal softener - so the decal lays smooth over edges and boltheads.
If you don't do that you will see the decal film with a white washed colour - and the decal will not hold properly on the model.
The softener-fluid is a bit tricky - as soon as it is applied, the decal has to be left untouched, its structure is softed!
My experience is: Not too much of the softener-fluid, better two small applications one after the other, I fix areas where the decal does not lay properly by repeating the process localy.
When everything has dried, I remove the white shades of the softener-fluid with water.
Santa Fe 50' Reefer Class RR-37
The model is a wood construction.
It is interesting to have a 50' car in the row of 40' cars.