European Goods Wagons - Freight Cars
( Giorgio Giuliani - translation Angelo Giusti)
Rivarossi built since 1947 Italian freight wagons , and in 1954 began listing in their catalogues also carriages and wagons for the US administration, only in 1961 were wagons from other countries added to the catalogue: these were firstly German wagons, created in the cooperation with Trix.
Itís strange that only after fifteen years, the company finally poses itself the problem of making rolling stock for other European countries, even though European sales were amongst the priorities of Alessandro Rossi right form the early days of operation.
And at that,
not with independent production, but that of a cooperation with Trix, which is
understandable, as it allowed for immediate production and sales of models,
getting them on the their catalogues, and further more at no cost to design,
tool, or model, whereas the two companies though, not in direct competition:
Trix again with a three-rail system and a coupling system that is not compatible
(and horrible if I might say), Rivarossi with a more modern two rail system, the
use of development of polystyrene allowed for a much more realism and modeling
results (up to then), but also the constant search for technical and esthetical
improvements some admirable for its time, ie the wheel flanges or couplings
However, the European wagons produced by Rivarossi will be relatively few, in comparison to the amount on European locomotives produced, and many of the European wagons were nothing else by recolouring of wagons that ran under the many different administrations, like the E Eaos that ran also in Italy, or re workings of the Refrigerated Pocher wagons.
only non-European car also offered in an FS livery was the high capacity
refrigerated Interfrigo wagon.
A note on various type of refrigerated cars in catalogue Rivarossi Refrigerated Cars