Pacific Fruit Express R-30-9 and R-40-9 Reefer Premium Instructions

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Pacific Fruit Express R-30-9 and R-40-9 Reefer Premium Instructions


The Pacific Fruit Express R-30-9 and R-40-9 Reefer is a classic wood reefer from the golden age of ice cooled railroad refrigerator cars.

In 1936, Pacific Fruit Express began a program to recondition a large part of its aging wood refrigerator car fleet. These cars had their entire wood superstructure rebuilt above the frame sill, giving them another 10 to 15 years of service life. These cars became the R-30-9 and R-40-9 class cars on the PFE. Around 7000 cars would go through this reconditioning program and many lasted into the 1950s with the last being retired in 1966.

Cale's design faithfully recreates this staple of the pre WWII to Transition Era wood refrigerator car fleet. With opening door, opening ice hatches and an authentic interior, this car will make a great addition to you railroad.

Our premium instruction kit contains the following:

1 professionally printed instruction book with full color instructions, part list, prototype history, and building tips.

3 Brickarms Mono Pods used in the underside brake details.

One complete set of Ball Bearing Wheel Sets (4 axles) with black bricks and wheels. Enough to build one car. These wheel sets come fully assembled, with ball bearings pre-installed in new LEGO® Technic bricks, custom sized axles to fit the bearings, washers to prevent wheels from rubbing the bricks and causing excess friction, and new LEGO train wheels.

Why use bearings? Because ball bearings provide excellent free rolling operation. Better than stock LEGO wheel sets. Less resistance means the rail car is easier to pull. And the easier a car is to pull the less strain on locomotives, and the more cars you can pull.

All you need to provide is the LEGO bricks from your own collection. Build the car in the color of your choice, or you can purchase decals to build the car in one of the following authentic railroad paint schemes bellow.  


Decals Available for the Pacific Fruit Express R-30-9 and R-40-9 Reefer


Model by Glenn Holland, Instructions by Cale Leiphart and Glenn Holland.

By purchasing these instructions, you agree not to sell,  reproduce, or distribute these instructions. You also agree not to sell or distribute the model made from these instructions.

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