|URTX-leased Erie reefer (credit: Accurail)|
This is interesting since from that, I can guess the URTX-Erie paint scheme isn't a fabrication, but probably a real thing. However, finding the real prototype cars specification is quite hard. As far as I can tell, the Accurail car represent a reefer built circa 1936. The big question is did Erie still leased reefers in the early 1950s. If yes, were the cars repainted during that period of time. My guess is yes. I have many reason to believe an updated paint scheme wouldn't have mentionned "Ventilated Refrigerator" as this expression was no longer used by railroads by the 50s. Also, the way the dimension data is spelled is quite archaic.
So basically, my questions are:
Did Erie leased or owned reefers in the early 1950s?
If yes, what type of reefer was it (wood, steel, etc.)? Which prototype?
What was the paint scheme or did Accurail's paint scheme survived until then?
Any reference to specific ORER information would be valuable.