Dimensions: Icehouse: 4-3/4 x 10-3/4 x 5" (12 x 27.3 x 12.7cm) Platform: 18-1/2 x 1-1/2"
From the 1880s to the 1970s, ice-cooled reefers were a fixture of
railroading. Solid trains raced across country with their perishable
loads. Supplying ice for the cars in transit was a huge industry. Railroads
built ice houses and platforms, like this kit, about every 250-300 miles.
Here, entire trains could be serviced and on the move in minutes.
This complete kit includes a detailed Ice House, based on a prototype in
Antigo, Wisconsin, plus a modular Icing Platform, from a Pacific Fruit Express
design. Lots of add-on details, including an optional platform roof (used
in warm areas to shade ice and slow melting), roof vents and 24 ice blocks
are included. The plastic parts are molded in color for easy assembly and
complete instructions are provided.