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Grape to Glass Series


Our new all-new Grape-to-Glass series will feature 12 unique wine freight cars using three different body styles: the Single Dome Tank Car, 3-Dome Tank Car and Wood Reefer. This prototypically accurate series will begin in early 2020






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Grape to Glass Series Car #1
This 39’ single dome tank car is aluminum with multi-colored logo and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Built in the early 1920s by American Car & Foundry, it was owned by General American Tank Car Company and later leased to Gibson Wine Company. Gibson was incorporated in 1939 in Sanger, California, and continues to operate to this day.
New Feb. 2020
66719
$29.95 MTL-065 00 016
Grape to Glass Series Car #2
This 3-dome tank car is aluminum with black and red lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Foppiano, an Italian immigrant and gold prospector, Foppiano Wine survived prohibition and prospered in the 1930s. By the mid-1940s, Foppiano had become the second largest winery in northern California. Still in business today, Foppiano’s most famous wine is a Petite Sirah.
New March 2020
1112
$29.95 $23.96MTL-066 00 110
Grape to Glass Series Car #3
This 39’ single dome tank car is aluminum with red lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Roma Wine Company was founded in Lodi, California in the early 1900s. It soon became the largest winery in the industry with twelve production facilities spread across California. Roma was often seen as an industry leader and innovator, surviving prohibition by producing sacramental wine, and after the 1930s produced over 30 different varieties. Roma was sold to Schenley Industries in the early 1940s, and continued to market the Roma brand through the 1970s.
New April 2020
1112
$29.95 MTL-065 00 036
Grape to Glass Series Car #4
This 40’ double-sheathed wood reefer is brown with orange sides and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Owned by California Dispatch Line, and leased by Bear Creek Vineyard Association of Lodi, California, this car was technically a tank car in function, despite having the exterior form of a reefer. Commonly seen with CDLX cars, this TW class car had six large wood tanks inside and the exterior wood sheathing helped to further protect the car from the elements.
New May 2020
307
$29.95 MTL-049 00 890
Grape to Glass Series Car #5
Ambrose Wine Company
This 3-dome tank car is aluminum with red lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Called “One of America’s Great Bottlers of Fine California Wines,” Ambrose Wine Company of Kansas City, Missouri, was a reseller that partnered with other wineries and vineyards to both import and distribute domestic wine in the United States.
New June 2020
7501
$29.95 MTL-066 00 120
Grape to Glass Series Car #6
Pirrone & Sons
This 39’ single dome tank car is aluminum with black belly and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Built by American Car & Foundry in May 1937 for Shippers Car Line, and leased for Pirrone & Sons California Wines, this car belonged to a 5-car series. Pirrone & Sons was founded by Frank Pirrone, Jr, who purchased vineyards in Salida, California in 1919, originally as a grape supplier, and entered the wine producing business in 1936.
New July 2020
7501
$29.95 $23.96MTL-065 00 066
Grape to Glass Series Car #7
Tipo Table Wines
This 40’ double-sheathed wood reefer is brown with yellow sides and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Built in the 1910s for California Dispatch Line, this reefer was decorated for the Italian Swiss Colony Winery, producing Tipo brand red and white wines. Based in Asti, California, Italian Swiss Colony was a leading winemaker in California in the early 1900s. Purchased by Petri Wine in 1953, the company was then rebranded and merged multiple times. In 2015, the descendant company, Vitner, announced Tipo brand would be re-introduced to market.
New August 2020
7501
$29.95 MTL-047 00 440
Grape to Glass Series Car #8
Petri Wine Co.
This 3-dome tank car is aluminum with red and black lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. In the early 1950s, Petri Wine Co. was the largest producer of wine in the United States. During prohibition, Petri was able to stay in business by temporarily ceasing wine production and diversifying their manufacturing, entering the leather and cigar business until they were able to resume wine production.
New September 2020
904
$29.95 MTL-066 00 130
Grape to Glass Series Car #9
Chateau Martin
This 39’ single dome tank car is aluminum with black lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. This 6,000-gallon tank car was built in 1940 in Milton, PA for Commodities Car Company. It was leased to Eastern Wine Corporation, owners of the Chateau Martin Wine Brand. Chateau Martin’s famous winery was in Waterford, California, and bulk shipped finished wine to the Bronx, New York, where it was bottled.
New October 2020
904
$29.95 $23.96MTL-065 00 086
Grape to Glass Series Car #10
Garrett Wine Company
This 36’ wood sheathed ice reefer, with modern underframe is white with black lettering and runs on Arch Bar trucks. Built by Berwick in 1912, this insulated car contained glass tanks to carry wine from Garrett Wine Company to distributers. Garrett Wine Company was established in 1835 in North Carolina, and famously used the Scuppernong grape variety in their “Virginia Dare” product.
New November 2020
11
$29.95 $23.96MTL-058 00 596
Grape to Glass Series Car #11
Northern California wineries
This 3-dome tank car is aluminum with black belly and lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. Built by ACF in April 1937, this car was owned by Shippers Car Line Corporation, and leased to Northern California Wineries. It featured an insulated tank and expansion domes to protect its precious fermented cargo.
New December 2020
6302
$29.95 $23.96MTL-066 00 150
Grape to Glass Series Car #12
Fruit Industries
This 39’ single dome tank car is aluminum with red lettering and runs on Bettendorf trucks. During prohibition, wine grape growers in California were desperate to find alternative to wine production that allowed their vineyards to be profitable. Fruit Industries Limited was founded with a product called “Vine-Glo – Wine Haven Pure Grape Concentrate,” a thick juice paste that could be fermented into wine in the consumer’s own home. The company later produced jellies, syrups, and vinegars.
New January 2021
1076
$29.95 MTL-065 00 116

 

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