I'd agree with Ed and Tony that a PS-1 or perhaps a 1937 AAR boxcar would
be a most likely L&N representative for a 1953 era layout.
But for L&N's "signature" boxcar, consider their 36-foot double-sheathed
car. At nearly 6000 cars, these cars were L&N's most populous steam-era
design. Built between 1913 and 1923 and spread across several builders and
number series, they were initially about evenly split between standard boxcars
and ventilator boxcars; the ventilators were to standard boxcars in the
Over 2700 of them were still operating in 1948, with mass retirements
occurring in the early 50s. If you want something a bit more distinctive than
the commonplace PS-1, these are cool looking little cars, and a respectable
number were still running in 1953. Sunshine's kit #85.1 nicely models the
Look for an article on modeling this car in the next issue of the L&NHS
If I were to have just one L&N box car on a circa 1953 layout, what type
of box car should it be?
The L&N fleet was 50% steel cars in 1950, so I imagine an AAR car would
have been the dominant type. Single sheathed cars were about 19% of the
fleet, with double sheathed cars accounting for 30% of the roster. Pretty good
Did the L&N have a signature box car?