OPERATING ICE DEPOT (RED) W/CAR (RARITY 4)
|The Lackawanna had a mile long icing station in the Poconos where mile long trains of reefers would be stopped and men would load ice into to roof hatches. Built 1955-57. Red unpainted plastic platform white shed with red roof. Includes orange Pacific Fruit Express ice car number 6352. The operator manually inserts plastic 352-29 ice blocks into loading chute and lifts them into the ice house. Pushing controller instructs the man to push a block of ice into the waiting 6352 ice car. The ice car was built to accompany the #352 operating ice station accessory. It was sold both with the #352, and separately. It is interesting that Lionel chose to base the car on a boxcar instead of a refirgrator car. The roof hatch is on a moving rocker, that the accessory could easily slide open. The side of the car also opens to remove the ice cubes once they are inside. The car is made with a Type 2B 6464 body. It is unpainted, orange plastic with black, heat-stamped letterig. Most of these cars had four lines of weight data printed on the opening ice hatch. However, some, more rare versions have only three lines of printing. It came with die cast, bar-end trucks and operating couplers on both ends.
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