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Athearn Roundhouse HO RND71664 50' Smooth Side Mechanical Reefer Chicago & North Western CNW #61099

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Athearn Roundhouse HO RND71664 50' Smooth Side Mechanical Reefer Chicago & North Western CNW #61099


  • Fully-assembled and ready to run out of the box
  • Highly-detailed, injection-molded body
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • Weighted for trouble free operation
  • 33 inch machined metal wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Window packaging for easy viewing plus interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Replacement parts available
  • Minimum radius: 18 inches


The railroads responded to the migration from ice stored in bunkers as a primary cooling system to the diesel mechanical systems. The mechanical reefers could keep a more regular temperature, often times colder then what the ice bunker cars could at the time. Initially mechanical reefers were used primarily in frozen food service. This would soon change as mechanical refrigeration began to replace ice-based systems. Soon after, mechanical refrigeration units replaced the armies of personnel required to re-ice the cars. Several different deliveries of the 50’ mechanical to many different railroads in the mid to late 1950s and 1960s.


COUPLER STYLE: McHenry Scale Knuckle
ERA: 1960 - 1980
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Is Assembly Required: No



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