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40' Refrigerated Container
40' Refrigerated Container, Mediteranean Shipping Co #1 (3 pack)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Atlas has released this HO set of three 40' Refrigerated containers in the Master Line series. Set 20 002 693 is in the livery of Mediteranean Shipping Co..

40' Refrigerated containers
There are many types and brands of refrigerated containers, of varying lengths and capacities, to keep our perishables fresh while they travel across the world.

Daikin, Carrier, and Thermo King are common cooling systems. Containers can be cooled to tens of degrees below zero Celsius.

The 40-ft. container is a standard cargo container of intermodal transport involving ships, trucks, and railway carriers. Whereas boxcars used to be the usual source of color on freight trains, now unit trains of containers boast the riot of colors seen racing along the rails. Most are double-stacked on the freight car. In the United States, the containers were shipped on the Southern Pacific in 1977; the first double-stack intermodal train is considered to have been in 1984 when the Southern Pacific and Conrail moved containers from California to New Jersey. Today containers account for almost 70 percent of intermodal freight transport shipments in the United States.
    Since the 1970s most international freight has been shipped by standardized 20- and 40-foot containers. Some of this huge flow of cargo between countries needs to be refrigerated for the transit. The second most common type of ISO* container in use is the refrigerated container. Today's refrigerated container design uses high tech composite (plastics and metals) construction and a "picture frame" type refrigeration unit. Atlas' model represents a standard 40-foot high-cube refrigerated container (ISO Type Code 45R1) found in many shipping and leasing fleets.

    *ISO is the International Organization for Standardization.
    - Atlas

40' Reefer Container, Mediterranean Shipping Co #1 (3 pack)
Atlas packs three of these 40' containers in a simple plastic bag held shut with a card label.

These models are sharply molded and without flash, sink holes, and visible ejector circles. All detail is molded on. Features:
    40-foot High-Cube Refrigerated Container
    Composite materials sandwich-sides design
    Detailed picture window refrigeration unit with separate parts
    ISO Type 45R1
    Five hinge / four bar doors with OUT style handles

The end doors are detailed with molded hinges, locking bars and handles. Lifting and retaining eyes are on the end corners. Refrigeration apparatus are molded and added into the other end.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. Container Painting and Markings
This set is one of three Hyundai sets. The paint is smooth and does not obscure detail. All printing is crisp and opaque atop the base color. Container information, dimensional data, and placards are all legible.

Atlas currently offers two sets each for five companies:
    1. Cosco
    2. Maersk Sealand
    3. Mediterranean Shipping Co.
    4. P&O
    5. Safmarine

Atlas' 40’ Refrigerated Container is a good model of a ubiquitous intermodal container. It has good detail and an excellent finish. Offered in five liveries, these models are visually more interesting than plain containers and can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train. Recommended.

Remember, when contacting manufacturers and retailers, to tell them you saw this product here—on RailRoadModeling.net!
Highs: Printing is crisp and opaque with dimensional data and placards legible. Good detail and molding.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: 40’ Refrigerated Container is a good model of a ubiquitous intermodal container. It should be a big hit on modern trains of the intermodal era.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 20 002 693
  Suggested Retail: $56.85
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2014

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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