Re: Southern Boxcar Herald Laments

Norm Buckhart

Tim - here is the info that I have researched for the Southern Aluminum monogram:

The Southern Railway received it’s first 2,559, 1937 AAR 10’-0” IH design boxcars in October of 1937. All these cars came lettered with white stencil paste WITHOUT the 60” monogram. See Protocraft Decal set ‘Southern-1’ for the all-white lettering scheme. Beginning in September, 1938, the 10’-0” IH and 10’-6” IH cars were delivered with white lettering and an aluminum stencil paste 60” monogram. Subsequent to April 1942, the aluminum stencil paste was discontinued as a result of the war efort. (the aluminum stencil paste was actually made with aluminum shavings) In July 1947 beginning with Series 23000, and subsequent deliveries, plus all repaints, the all white lettering and monogram replaced the aluminum scheme.

The following 5,897 cars of 1937 AAR 10’-0” IH design , beginning in Sepember, 1938, were received with the aluminum monogram as follows:
Series 10000-12022, Pullman-Standard, Lot 5590, 2,044 cars- delivered September 1938, including Series 13043-13063
Series 12023-13042, Mt Vernon Car Co. 1,020 cars - delivered October, 1938 Series 13064-14395, Pullman-Standard, Lot 5592, 1,333 cars - delivered January, 1939
Series 14396-15895, Pullman-Standard, Lot 5648, 1,500 cars - delivered January, 1941

In April, 1942, the Southern received 1,500 Modied 1937 AAR 10’-6” IH design boxcars delivered with the aluminum monogram. Series 21500-22999, Pullman-Standard, Lot 5692, 1,500 cars. This order was the last boxcars to display the aluminum monogram.

Regards, Norm Buckhart, Protocraft

On Jul 23, 2015, at 4:30 AM, Tim O'Connor timboconnor@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:


I'd like to know the answer to that question as well ! I've never seen a
color photo of a Southern box car with an aluminum herald, so I've just taken
the word of people who say they existed. :-)

Tim O'Connor

Thank you all for the Southern decal information. I'm pleased to see that Mask Island and Speedwitch both offer what appear to be excellent sets. I also noted that Mask Island has a T&P set which I think I can use for another car.

Now another question arises. To what cars was the aluminum herald applied? Surely it wasn't in use for very long?

Garth Groff

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