1926 Refrigerator Car, Ice

Manufacturer:S-Helper Service
Manufacturer ID:00493
Category:Refrigerator Car, Ice
Prototype Year/Era:1926
Road Name:North Western Refrigerator Line (NWX)
Road Number:3186
Model Introduced:2000
Product Type:Plastic
Finishpainted & lettered
Photo #2 shows road number 3759, which was SHS #00494. That car was also included in the three-car set SHS #00684, which included road numbers 4623 (Photo #3), 2609 (Photo #4), and 3759. There actually are differences between the cars that were sold individually (00493 and 00494) and those included in the set (00684), namely, the individual cars has green ladders, whereas the ones in the set were black; the individual cars had brown brake wheels, whereas the ones in the set were green; the individual cars had white reporting marks on the cars' ends, whereas the ones in the set had yellow reporting marks on the ends. So, once removed from their boxes, that's how you can tell them apart. Note that S-Helper Service also did a special run for Hoquat Hobbies (#01607 and #01608, road numbers 2640 and 4420, respectively). These were slightly different still, in that they had green brake wheels, green ladders, and brown trucks (all the other cars mentioned here had black trucks).
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photo © Holt Apgar

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