Reefer’s are Addictive

Now this is a Billboard Reefer!

Billboard Reefer

After building and weathering a couple of reefers last week I have found myself very fascinated with billboard reefers.  Before the mid-1930’s there were lots of these colourful billboard reefers rolling around.  Due to a law passed banning railcar advertising like this, they were all painted over.

I ran across this picture the other day of what has to be one of the best examples of a billboard reefer.  I would have loved to have seen this in colour!

I guess this is what would pass for graffiti in the 1920’s.

UPDATE – This isn’t a billboard reefer.  It has been modified to transport coal, two hatches on the roof have been added to load the car from above.  Dustless coal apparently as either they have just painted this car, or their coal really was dustless.  My money is on the repaint….


About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 02-24-2009 | 10:02 AM
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