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Transport Arts Corp (TACX) express reefers - anyone know anything about them?

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Transport Arts Corp (TACX) express reefers - anyone know anything about them?
Posted by Autonerd on Sunday, August 06, 2017 2:35 PM

Just saw that Walthers has Atlas express reefers painted for Transport Arts Corp (TACX) on sale. The cars are green with a patch-out paint job (ex-REA, I am assuming), and the font on the cars looks very 1970s. I've seen pics of real cars taken in the 1980s. Anyone know anything about TACX, when they were formed and what the cars would have been used for? I did a quick web search but couldn't find much.

Photo of the model:

http://www.atlasrr.com/Images/HOFreightCars/hosteelreefer/0615/20003407_TQ.jpg

Thanks!

Aaron

 

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, August 06, 2017 3:00 PM
It would appear that Transport Art Corp used the TACX reporting mark, on a total of 44 cars, between 4/1972 and 4/1988.

Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by Autonerd on Sunday, August 06, 2017 3:36 PM

Thx - On what trains would their cars have run? Freight? Amtrak? I can't find photos of their cars in motion.

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Posted by 7j43k on Sunday, August 06, 2017 4:01 PM

In 1980, half of these cars had had their ice bunkers removed.  By 1986, all had them removed.  Which, considering the lack of icing platforms in North America at that time, made sense.

In the April 1980 ORER, these cars are not listed in the passenger section, but are in the freight.  So I think it unlikely they were hauled in a passenger train.

It looks like they were used as insulated box cars.  

 

I did find this recent discussion:

 

https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=42191.0

with pictures!

and there's a picture here of one in Fullerton CA:

 

http://www.trainweb.org/chris/barry.html

 

Ed

 

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Posted by Autonerd on Sunday, August 06, 2017 4:42 PM

Great stuff, thank you! I put in an order for two with my LHS. The Walthers sale is too good to pass up.

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