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Rapido Trains launches American-prototype car line

By Hal Miller
Published: February 9, 2011
Rapido USA

Rapido Trains has launched “Rapido USA,” a new line of U.S.-prototype models. The company’s first release is an HO-scale General American 37-foot meat refrigerator car; these cars saw their heyday in the steam-to-diesel transition era, but some continued in service until the 1970s.

The new Rapido USA HO-scale wood reefer is based on a design built between 1937 and 1941 by General American Transportation. Although built with a wooden sheathed body and roof that made them look like a car from an earlier era, these GARX cars were modern for their time.

Ontario, Canada-based Rapido, founded in 2003 by Jason Schron, has been known primarily as a manufacturer of highly detailed passenger cars in HO and N scales, and the TurboTrain and LRC sets.