Re: Reading Box Car

George Losse


The Reading had 2000 XMp class boxcars built in four series AC&F.

11550-12349, 800 cars built 1910
12350-12999, 650 cars built 1912-1913
13000-13199, 200 cars built 1910
13200-13549, 350 cars built 1913

The ORER for Jan 1952 shows 65 in service.

Some of these cars were converted to covered hopper cars class XMph with
internal slope sheets, roof hatches, boarded over door openings and hopper
bottoms. They were used in Bean service between Philadelphia and Hershey,

George Losse


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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Reading Box Car

Wow, what a beauty! Check out the fishbelly underframe, unusual arch bar
trucks, and Youngstown replacement door.

36' box, RDG class XMp, built 1912-1913.
ORER series is 11550-13549, 987 cars 1/43, 33 cars 1/53.
Builder's photo: Kaminski, "AC&F", p 163 (the end straps were original
equipment, as were those trucks); order said to be 1000 cars, so the ORER
may have combined orders into one series.
Two photos of a covered-hopper conversion (you 'eard!): Bossler, "RDG Color
Guide", p 63.
End-on in-service shot: Pietrak, "Coudersport & Port Allegancy and New York
& Pennsylvania", p 67.

If I were building that, I might kitbash it from a Roundhouse old-timer box
body, and a shortened Accurail reefer underframe. Not sure what to do about
the trucks, might cheat and give it more modern ones. (The covered hoppers
mentioned above have AAR cast trucks.)

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.

--- In <> , "railfan"
<rdglines@...> wrote:

Just saw this photo on ebay of a Reading wood box car and was wondering if
anyone give any info on it? And are there any models in HO scale that would
be close to modeling it?

Thanks, Warren

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