The wait for the all-new Blackstone Models HOn3 Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) 30’ Refrigerator Cars is almost over!
The decoration samples have been approved and this all-new release is on-track for a late summer 2015 delivery.
Originally built by American Car & Foundry in 1908 and numbered 32 to 81, these 20-ton “short” reefers hauled perishables throughout the Colorado narrow gauge system until the late 1950s. This initial offering by Blackstone Models is based on the prototypes after they were rebuilt by the D&RGW in 1926 with new Murphy roofs, altered needle beams, and larger icebox hatches. Other model details include reporting marks, order placards, and herald placement specific to each road number.
These ready-to-run models will be available with freshly shopped American Refrigerator Transit (ART) Yellow sides, and Boxcar Red roof and ends. They will also be equipped with free-rolling 4'8" Arch bar trucks and Kadee® No. 714 couplers. In addition, these models include a cool new feature – a built-in speaker housing and openings in the underbody to accommodate the installation of a Tsunami SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder for rolling stock.
This release includes eight road numbers and three D&RGW liveries – Flying Grande, Moffat Tunnel, and Royal Gorge Route. Road numbers include 45, 51, 55 and 65 in Flying Grande, Nos. 46 and 56 in Moffat Tunnel, and Nos. 32 and 43 in Royal Gorge Herald. The MSRP is $55.95.
These will feature the all-new SoundCar-ready design.
Visit Blackstone Models web site for more information.