Re: Vent car question
Dave Nelson asked:
"Were any USRA boxcars converted to Ventilator cars?"
Yes, in a roundabout way. ACL 1850-1899, USRA DS boxcars rebuilt to Class O-14B steel express ventilated boxcars. These were the subject of an early Sunshine Models kit:
FEC ordered 40 ft DS ventilated boxcars modified from the USRA DS design, but these were built new as ventilated boxcars and not conversions from existing cars. FEC wasn't allotted any USRA boxcars. HO scale model available from Westerfield.