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Jerry Britton's PRR Middle Division in HO Scale

general american 37 wood meat reefer 4 pack ready to run 606 121046 bigWilson and Company (WCLX) had packing plants throught the country. Wilson reefers fould be seen all over the United States deliverying their products for consumption in every corner of the country. Wilson operated their own fleet of refrigerator cars as well as a few stock cars and tank cars until the mid-1940s after which Wilson operated only refigerator cars. Wilson also leased refrigerator cars from Mather in 1931 and 1932. Wilson and Company also leased refrigerator cars to other small meat packers. The fleet reached its height in the mid-1950s with about 1500 cars.

Notable Number Series

Series 1013A - 1013B (RSM) were permanently coupled as an experiment to get lower shipping costs by moving the cars as one "unit".

Series 2000 - 2799 (RSM) were built in 1957. Lesees included Beefland International (Council Bluffs, IA), Needham Packing Company, Cornland Dressed Beef (Lexington, NE), and Schuyler Packing Company.

Series 5000 - 5184 (RSM) were 56'6" cars and the largest in the Wilson fleet.

Series 8101 - 9600 (RSM).

Paint Schemes

WCLX Wilson Car Lines

Early 1950s scheme

GARX 37' Meat Reefer

Rapido 

general american 37 wood meat reefer 4 pack ready to run 606 121046 big