Genesis: Western Fruit Express Boxcar

Genesis: Western Fruit Express Boxcar

Genesis: Western Fruit Express Boxcar

Regular Price $44.98

Vendor: Athearn

Product Type : Model Trains

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Athearn HO scale Fruit Growers Express refrigerator car
A 57-foot, sound-equipped mechanical refrigerator car has been added to the Athearn Genesis line. The HO scale model, based on a Fruit Growers Express (FGE) prototoype, is offered in nine different body styles with prototype-specific sills and door hardware.


Our sample is decorated as BNSF Ry. no. 799772. The full-size car was part of an order built for the St. Louis-San Francisco at FGE’s Alexandria, Va., shops in 1971.

The model’s dimensions closely match drawings in the 1974 Simmons-Boardman Car and Locomotive Cyclopedia. The distance over the pulling faces was a scale foot too long, but this is typical due to the design of model couplers. Information on the compact disc Freight Cars Illustrated, Vol. 12 states that the reefer was upgraded with a Thermo King SD-711-SR tractor-trailer style refrigeration unit. It’s lettered as a Carrier unit on the model.


  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers, mounted at proper height
  • Metal wheels mounted on plastic axles, correctly gauged
  • Separately applied details
  • Weight: 5.5 ounces (0.5 ounce too heavy based on NMRA recommended practice 20.1)
  • Wire grab irons and stirrup steps

We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.

To start a return or of you have any questions, you can contact us at If your return is accepted, we’ll send you a return shipping label, as well as instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.

Damages and issues
Please inspect your order upon reception and contact us immediately if the item is defective, damaged or if you receive the wrong item, so that we can evaluate the issue and make it right.

Exceptions / non-returnable items
Certain types of items cannot be returned, like perishable goods (such as food, flowers, or plants), custom products (such as special orders or personalized items), and personal care goods (such as beauty products). We also do not accept returns for hazardous materials, flammable liquids, or gases. Please get in touch if you have questions or concerns about your specific item.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept returns on sale items or gift cards or certificates.

The fastest way to ensure you get what you want is to return the item you have, and once the return is accepted, make a separate purchase for the new item.

We will notify you once we’ve received and inspected your return, and let you know if the refund was approved or not. If approved, you’ll be automatically refunded on your original payment method. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too.

Restocking Fees:
For orders that are cancelled after payment on orders of 10 items or $100 or more, a 20% restocking fee that may be incurred.