Many of you know that I had tried for 11 years to get a major 3-rail manufacturer to produce accurate copies of a Spencer Packing Co. 40 foot steel reefer. Well today my dream finally came true. Atlas has made the model in their Master line in four different numbers and I picked them up at today's monthly train show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL. I ordered 8 cars from Merlyn at Caboose Hobbies and posed for the following pictures by Alanrail another forum member and train buddy.
I was able to cross two things off my bucket list recently. The 2016 Chicago Cubs won the World Series and I have my Spencer Packing Co. reefers.
I will post more pictures of them on my layout in the near future. Now I can build my version of the "meat train" that ran on the Milwaukee Road between Sioux Falls, SD and Chicago, IL on my Milwaukee Road branchline. They were pulled by F units and had a bay-window caboose on the rear. As a boy, this was my first introduction to real railroads. I used to watch them switch Spencer Packing reefer cars every night at 9:00 PM and talk to the engineer and conductor. Great memories!