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2013 - Detroit & Mackinac Ry., B&W turtle

Graphic design and layout © 2013 Buffalo Creek Graphics. All rights reserved. Detroit & Mackinac “Route of the Turtle” 40’ Composite Refrigerator Car #2003. TRUE Limited Edition. Made in the USA. Never before offered in O-Scale. Production model shown. Shipped NIB with window display box and collector's labeling. Sold out, collectible. << SEE previous page for model details and 2nd lettering and turtle graphic. PROTOTYPE CAR HISTORY - The Detroit & Mackinac Railway was know as “The Turtle Line”. The railroad had three different heralds; the Turtle, Diamond and “Mackinac Mac”, but the “Turtle” herald was the only one to appear on D&M revenue producing freight cars. Mackinac is a shortened form of the Native American word michilimackinac meaning big turtle. The strait's area between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron had an island that appeared to have the shape of a turtle, which led the Native Americans to believe that the turtle contributed to life’s beginning. The Detroit & Mackinac Railway purchased the “2000” Series Refrigerator Cars at least three Times. The “2000” Series Refrigerator Cars were classic “Turn of Century” freight cars. They were 36’ in length and were of wooden construction with truss rods and arch-bar trucks. In 1898, the Detroit & Mackinac Railway purchased the first series of Refrigerator Cars from the Michigan-Peninsular Car Company and Foundry located in Detroit, Michigan. There were three cars in the first series and the road numbers were 2000 to 2002. The car sides and ends were painted White and the roof was painted Black. All the car graphics were Black. Car road name was done in large lettering and it had a single color turtle herald. In 1899, the Michigan-Peninsular Car Company and Foundry merged with twelve other smaller car manufacturers to become the American Car and Foundry Company. A few years later the Detroit and Mackinac Railway purchased the second series of Refrigerator Cars from the American Car and Foundry Company. There were five cars in the second series and the road numbers were 2003 to 2007. The car sides were painted White and the car ends and roof was painted Black. All the car graphics were Black. The car road name was done in large lettering and it had a two-tone color turtle herald. About a decade later the Detroit and Mackinac Railway purchased a third series of Refrigerator Cars from the American Car and Foundry Company. We do not know how many cars were in the third series or all of the road numbers. We do have a photo of car number 2011. That car had White sides with Black car ends and roof. The car graphics were done in Black and road name was not done in smaller style lettering. The car had the Black single color turtle herald same as the 2002 car; however the road number was below the turtle and the word “refrigerator” was removed.