26112317 1755315457846263 2561109220760873648 nBurlington Refrigerator Express (BREX) was a railroad refrigerator car leasing company that was formed on May 1, 1926 as a joint venture between the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) and the Fruit Growers Express Company. The move helped the FGE expand its business into the Pacific Northwest, and added almost 2,700 ice bunker units to the existing car pool already under lease by the Burlington to the FGE and Western Fruit Express (WFE).


Painting & Lettering

Burlington Refrigerator Express (BREX) was the minor partner in the FGE/WFE/BRE cooperative operation. Cars painted similarly to FGE, WFE. I don't have the differences yet, but Microscale offers decal sets (under Chicago Burlington & Quincy) for two eras: 1926-1957 and 1957-1970. The differences probably include "VENTILATOR-REFRIGERATOR" vs. "REFRIGERATOR" only. Ben Hom suggests "the definitive reference is Burlington Bulletin #12, an all-BREX issue still available from the Burlington Route Historical Society (http://www.burlingtonroute.com).

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InterMountain #47705 

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