R-30-12-9 Wood Side Refrigerator Cars
In the late 1930's PFE began an extensive reconditioning or rebuilding program of a number of it's wooden class refrigerator cars. While many of the classes were completely rebuilt, PFE elected to "recondition" the R-30-12 class. Nearly 10,000 of this class were built from 1920 through 1924. After 15 plus years of service this class was in need of repair, so replacement of wooden superstructure components was done as needed on the car plus modernization of other parts. The new 12-9 cars now had an outside opening height of 7'3" and a body taller than the original -12 cars.
Modernization included replacing the vertical brake staff and wheel with mechanical Equipco equipment, replacement of side grab irons with ladders where applicable and interior work. When the work was completed, the "reconditioned" car was given a new class of R-30-12-9. During the 40's, cars in other R-30 classes such as the R-30-13-9 that had also been "reconditioned" were lumped into one class with the R-30-12-9 known as R-30-9.
Western Pacific owned over 2000 wooden refrigerator cars. Many of these were listed as R-30-13 class, but there are indications that the first 200 cars were of the R-30-12 design. In the late 30's, PFE "reconditioned" this class for Western Pacific but replaced the superstructures instead of just components as done on the R-30-12-9. The W.P. cars retained their wooden ice platforms and hatches but received the other modernization of the R-30-12-9 class.
O Scale Wood Sided Refrigerator Cars are available in 2-Rail decorated and undecorated kits.
Wood Ice Hatches
Steel Ice Hatches
TW-Class Hatch Plugs
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