Re: Less than 40-foot box car data from 1943 ORER
Bill Welch wrote:
"Just a footnote to Eric's very fine post. Note that the L&N was one of the few roads noted w/fifty-foot cars. One hundred of these were single sheathed door and half furniture cars w/SS ends. AFAIK these were the only cars of 50-ft composite construction in the US owned by a RR east of the Mississippi River. A picture is in the Kline-Culotta NMRA book."
Bill, gotta watch those absolutes - they'll get you every time:
PRR 119991, Class X38B, one-of-a-kind SS boxcar built in 1942. Of note, this car originally had a wood roof that was later replaced by a rectangular panel steel roof. Car appeared through the January 1959 ORER; it was no longer listed as of the January 1960 ORER.
You'll find the single-door MDC 50 SS boxcar painted in this scheme - the only thing that this prototype has in common with the model is that they're both 50 ft SS boxcars. It's not an accurate model by any stretch of the imagination.