lettering set for Santa Fe’s Rr-5 thru 11 refrigerator cars
In 1902 the Santa Fe incorporated the Santa Fe Refrigerator District (Dispatch) with 2,546 cars, to compete with the newly formed UP/SP Pacific Fruit Express system By 1930 the fleet reached 18,500 cars in total. In 1927 the Santa Fe adopted the newer ARA Type design for 2,900 refrigerator cars: (Rr-5 thru Rr-11) as follows:
Series 23451-23950 500 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 407, delivered July 1927 - Class Rr-5
Paint & Lettering: Between 1910 and 1929, with Rr-5 thru 8, sides painted Santa Fe reefer yellow/orange, mineral brown ends and roof. Underbody and brake equipment, door toe kick, hinges, corner straps (add with Archer decals), and truck side frames coated with black car cement. *Beginning in 1930 with the delivery of the Rr-9 and the Rr-11, ends as well as sides were painted Santa Fe reefer yellow/orange. Roofs painted with black paint containing granules mixed in for anti-slip safety. Beginning in 1938, ends were painted black to match the roof and end lettering returned to white. Post-1939 repaints saw the curved then straight map and slogans applied to these cars. (note: Rr-10 were 50’ cars) Periods in reporting marks were dropped beginning in 1944.
Decal set designed and created at Protocraft
For a comprehensive study of the Santa Fe’s ARA design wood reefers, see SFMO Vol 2, “Refrigerator Cars 1884-1979” pages 105-123.
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet