My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Freight Cars - Boxcars
10/19/2014

"Urban Ore" Carriers: Modeling EMAX Cars

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58
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HO
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Prototype and model photos accompany this article about 60-foot boxcars that carry municipal waste. There is a sidebar on how to make the car's decals using WordPerfect for DOS.

2-foot Gauge Bridgton & Harrison Railroad Boxcar #56

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57
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Scale drawings of this car.

ABCs of Boxcars

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110
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Describes the history and evolution of boxcars.

ABOX: A Two-door Version of the Railbox Part 1

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62
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Railbox is made up of high quality, free-running, general-service boxcars capable of running all of the nation. ABOX refers to those boxcars with 16-foot door openings rather than the default 10 feet. It has a 6-foot plug door added to the standard 10-foot door. These started appearing in May of 1978. The article includes prototype photos and scale drawings.

Bangor & Aroostook Newsprint Boxcar in HO

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114
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Scale:
HO
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Prototype and model photos.

Boxcar Questions

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40
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When were running boards banned? Did boxcars haul grain?

Boxcars for the Fun of It

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53
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Scale:
N
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The author describes how he built a fleet of boxcars from blocks of wood. Several variations are presented. Includes construction photos, detail drawings, parts list, and completed models photos.

Building an FJ&G Boxcar

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90
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Scale:
O
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The author super-details a Reynolds 40-foot box car to make one for the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville RR. Includes a drawing of the underbody details, side skirts, steps, ladders, grab irons, doors, tack boards, ends hardware, poling pockets, brake platform, and brake details. Also includes a prototype photo.

Crown Custom Imports X30 Boxcar Model

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33
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Scale:
HO
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Includes the prototype history, followed by a description of the product review of the Crown Custom Imports model of this 74-foot 1931 boxcar.

Detailing a Conrail 86-foot Auto Parts Boxcar

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47
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Scale:
HO
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Three Walthers boxcars are used to show how the author updated them with crossover platforms, coupler pockets, uncoupling levers, airhoses, brake lines, and replacing the trucks with the correct ones.

Detailing a M&St.L 1937 AAR Boxcar

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68
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HO
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Includes model and prototype photos of this car modeled in HO-scale. Also includes several historical scale drawings.

Detailing an Apalachicola Northern, ex-East Camden & Highland, FMC Boxcar

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56
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HO
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The author discusses the modifications he made to the MDC's model of this prototype. The weathering on the author's model is particularly striking (rust spots).

Detailing and Weathering Wood-sheathed Boxcars

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86
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HO
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The author describes his unique method for artificially creating shadow using pencils on his models.

Detailing Athearn Sieco and Branchline Berwick Boxcars

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64
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Scale:
HO
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Prototype and model photos. Detailed photos of constructing the grab irons. Painting and weathering shows how to simulate a boxcar belonging to a former railroad but that name has been over-painted.

Essential Freight Cars Part 1

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79
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HO
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The first installment of an on-going series of articles that cover the transition era. The first article covers the St. Louis - San Francisco single-sheathed boxcar. Includes prototype photos, builder's roster, available HO models, and a sidebar on the tools needed to modify those models.

Essential Freight Cars Part 2

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65
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HO
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This installment covers the 1937 Great Northern's double-sheathed boxcars. Includes prototype photos, a roster listing, and lots of how-to-model information. A sidebar describes how to build an accurate, rectangular box.

Essential Freight Cars Part 4

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86
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Scale:
HO
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Prototype and model photos of the NP's 10000-series double-sheathed boxcars. It has an excellent sidebar on how to make grab irons.

Essential Freight Cars Part 5

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78
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HO
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St. Louis Southwestern's (Cotton Belt) double-sheathed boxcars which were built from 1923 to 1925. Includes prototype photos, and many model photos. A side bar on modeling AB brakes is also included.

Essential Freight Cars Part 6

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76
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HO
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The article covers the Southern Pacific's single-sheathed boxcars, and modeling the B-50-13 and -14 cars. A side bar on modeling KC brakes and release rods is included. Several close-up detail photos of the model are also included.

Essential Freight Cars Part 23

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93
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1932 ARA 40-foot steel boxcars owned by the MP, SAL, and WM. Includes model and prototype photos.

Essential Freight Cars Part 27

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97
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This article covers the PRR's X31 round-roof boxcars. Includes many prototype photos and some modeling photos.

Essential Freight Cars Part 28

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96
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Lehigh Valley "Wrong-way" boxcars. Includes model and prototype photos.

Essential Freight Cars Part 32

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82
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HO
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Soo Line single-sheathed boxcars. The Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie purchased 750 of these cars in 1912. The article has model and prototype photos and a modelers parts list.

Essential Freight Cars Part 33

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92
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This installment covers the Santa Fe's rebuilt USRA reefers. Includes prototype and model photos.

Essential Freight Cars Part 35

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90
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HO
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This is the first of two installments covering the Pennsylvania X29 boxcar, of which there were almost 19,000 on the road. Several prototype photos are included. The last part of the article covers how to model this car in HO-scale, with several finished model photos.

Essential Freight Cars Part 36

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90
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Scale:
HO
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This is the second installment of the PRR X29 boxcar. Also covered are the X28 automobile transport cars, and how to model both in HO scale.

Freelanced Three Footers

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28
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Scale:
HOn3
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Based on the D&RG design, these four-wheeled cars were made from various commercial parts. The article include model photos, scale drawings, and a parts list.

Further Detailing of the Athearn PS-5344 Boxcar

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70
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HO
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Using this boxcar model, the author created a model of the KCS #250236. Includes prototype and model photos.

It Ain't Prototype

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122
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Visitors to your layout may make fun of your numbering a box car "123456", but the PRR had just such a box car, and a prototype photo in the article proves it. Also shown is a prototype photo of a car numbers' paint appearing to have "melted", much like a bad decal job.

Kitbashing a Modern Conrail Plug Door Boxcar

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62
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HO
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Two MDC kits were used to build this model of the 60-foot car that was new in 1993. Includes prototype and model photo, and drawings.

Kitbashing a Santa Fe Bx-108 Boxcar

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Page:
60
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Scale:
HO
Description:
Model photos and scale drawings.

L&NE ARA Boxcar Upgrade

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65
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Scale:
HO
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Includes prototype and model photos, as well as "surgical" photos of the upgrading the author did to his out-of-production Train-Miniatures "X-29" boxcars. Includes a detailing parts list.

Lowering InterMountain N-scale Boxcars

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83
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Scale:
N

Milwaukee Road Boxcars

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94
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Prototype photos and a scale drawing of the unique ribbed-side house cars.

Modeling a C&O Twelve-panel Side PS-1 Boxcar

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Page:
74
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Scale:
HO
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The author used an Intermountain kit to build this model. Includes prototype and model photos, including construction close-ups. The article has a sidebar on how to model rivets using the Archer Fine Transfers, which are decal-like sheets that allow modeling of straight rows of rivets.

Modeling a Muncie & Western R.R. Wood Boxcar

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58
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HO
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The article covers how to build an outside-braced model of this well-known glass-jar logo boxcar. Includes many prototype photos, boxcar ORER, model construction photos, and a parts list.

Modeling an Illinois Central Boxcar

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65
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HO
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Building a replica of the IC's 11280 boxcar. Mostly text, not many step-by-step photos.

Modeling Modern Short Line Boxcars

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60
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The author describes how one could model the unique short line boxcars with custom decals. Includes scale drawings of a typical ACF Railbox car.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Box Car Fleet Part 8

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9
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HO
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This installment covers modeling the PRR's X26c using the Sunshine resin kit. Includes model and prototype photos, service information,

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Box Car Fleet Part 9

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6
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HO
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Discusses the PRR's X37b class using the Sunshine resin kit. Includes a full description of the prototype, with photos of the prototype and the model.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Boxcar Fleet Part 2

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26
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The article is an overview of the classes in service from 1944 to 1968. The meat of the article is two tables, one listing all the boxcar classes and the other listing the possible models for these classes (HO-scale only).

Modeling the PRR Boxcar Fleet Part 3

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21
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This installment covers the Class C29b. Detailed history, rebuilding information, prototype photos, and references are included.

Modeling the PRR Boxcar Fleet Part 3A

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Page:
28
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Scale:
HO
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Describes how the author created an accurate model of this car. The article includes many large close-up photos, a scale drawing of the prototype car, and a sidebar and what models are available in HO, N, and O-scale.

Modeling Those Green M&St.L Boxcars

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Page:
77
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Scale:
HO
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The M&St.L had 700 boxcars built in 1952 that were painted a signature green. In addition to the history, the author also describes how to model this car.

N Scale Milwaukee Road Ribbed-side Boxcars

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Page:
91
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Scale:
N
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The author kitbashed some 40-foot boxcars to include the horizontal rib configuration.

NCNG Boxcar No. 36

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53
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The mysterious history of this Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR boxcar revealed by newly discovered photos. Includes prototype photos and scale drawings.

Pennsylvania 1893 Heater Boxcar

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Page:
88
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Scale:
O
Description:
These PRR cars were used to transport perishable items during the winter. A heater under the floor prevented the contents from freezing. The author scratch-built his model from wood and plastic details. The article also includes a scaled drawing, model photos, construction detail drawings, and a parts list.

Pennsylvania Class X23 Boxcar

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Page:
70
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Scale:
HO
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The author improves the Cannonball Car Shops' kit, which has some issues that don't compare well with the prototype. The article includes a bit of history on this car built by the PRR starting in 1912 (over 7,000 of them). Model construction photos and diagrams, as well as a parts list are included. Also included is one prototype photo and scaled drawings.

Protofile Part 61

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Page:
59
Author:
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the Souther Pacific cushion underframe boxcars and how to model them.

PRRPro Class X31 Preliminary Feature

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Page:
35
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Scale:
HO
Description:
Includes only model photos.

Pullman Mini-Hy-Cube Boxcar

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Page:
63
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A brief article on this car includes scale drawings and a prototype photo.

Santa Fe Beer Cars

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Page:
90
Author:
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes the 62-foot long insulated boxcars that are assigned to transporting beer for the Coors company. The article includes model and prototype photos and detailed construction photos of where the author took the Eel River Models car and converted it into one of these models.

Scratchbuilding C&NW Narrow Gauge Boxcar No. 10

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Page:
48
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Scale:
On3
Description:
This article includes many prototype photos, scale drawings, construction photos, and a bill of materials for modeling this car.

The Box Car Fleet of the Fifties

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72
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This article covers the various ways that box cars were made in the 1940s and 50s. The sides, ends, and roofs are discussed so that it is easy to identify what kind of box car a certain one is.

The First Five Years of RBOX 10013

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82
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The article details the history of this one box car with a listing of all the other boxcars, a map of the interchange points where this particular car has been sighted, and many close-up photos of the car.

TTX Company's "TBOX"

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44
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This article is a photo essay of the modern boxcar (starting in 2003).

Union Pacific's Boxcars Part 5

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Page:
46
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This prototype photo article shows various boxcars owned by railroads merged into the UP.

USRA Single-sheathed boxcars

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Page:
89
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Description:
A brief description about these types of cars with a prototype photo of a Colorado & Southern example.

USRA Steel Boxcar

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Page:
108
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A history of the box car that was never actually built, and how that led to many railroads creating their own version of this car after WWI.