Extra Data for Kits 10.1 and 10.2
Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch (SFRD) RR-35, -36, -39, and -40 Reefers

and Kits 10.3 and 10.4
Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch (SFRD) RR-43, and -45 Reefers

Kit 10.1 is ready for service. Click on any image here to review a larger size.

Resin Car Works kits 10.1 and 10.2 represent SFRD rebuilds of the RR-35, -36, -39, and -40 classes built between 1944 and 1946 for a total of 1,360 cars. Each of these car classes had unique fan and running board hardware. Decals were created directly from prototype images. Tahoe Models #012 USRA 50-ton Andrews sideframes are provided in the kit.

Resin Car Works kits 10.3 and 10.4 represent SFRD rebuilds of Rr-43 and Rr-45 classes. These rebuilt reefers were very similar to the Rr-35/36/39/40 cars except for the ends, running boards, and trucks. All the other parts are the same and the kit instructions are also the same.

The Rr-43 cars had Morton running boards with 766 cars rebuilt and installed in 1947.
The Rr-45 cars had Apex running boards with 500 cars rebuilt and installed in 1948.
Both classes had rectangular “solid steel riveted panel” roofs and the earlier “improved” dreadnaught ends.

Resin Car Works would like to thank the following rail historians and modelers for their high quality work. Without their efforts, these kits would not have been produced.

Charlie Slater - master patterns work
Tom Madden - casting work
Ken Soroos – decal art creation and kit instruction formatting
Frank Hodina - kit instructions and model photos

The kit instructions are large PDF files so there are four separate files to download. Right click and save them to your hard drive. These instructions cover all of the Kit 10.x releases.

Kit 10.0 Instructions 1 (6 MB)
Kit 10.0 Instructions 2 (4 MB)
Kit 10.0 Instructions 3 (1 MB)
Sunshine Models Prototype Data Sheet (15 MB)

For additional SFRD fleet research, we recommend “Vol 2. Refrigerator Cars: Ice Bunker Cars 1884-1979” published by the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society. This resource is available through SFRH&M Society.

SFRD Rr-36 model built by Frank Hodina