There are a couple things to understand about the Accurail or
even the Tichy
USRA box car models.
First, I thought you mentioned a
late 1950s era for your focus. A ruling set for
January 1, 1953 banned
freight cars with the older K brake systems from
interchange. This affected
lots of freight cars built before 1930 that had not
been upgraded with the
AB brake system. Many railroads scrapped the older
equipment or moved it to
Second, in terms of sheer numbers, the prototypes
of the USRA single sheathed
cars and those that followed a similar design
(whether the Canadian cars the
Accurail model reflects or other 1920s cars)
were a small percentage of the
North American box car fleet, even when new.
There were 25,000 USRA single
sheathed box cars built and assigned by the
USRA. Even if that figure is doubled
with all the similar cars that came
afterwards, I estimate the overall quantity
is not even 10% of the 1920s
North American box car fleet. If we look at your
later era and take
equipment retirement and rebuilding into different looking
cars as factors,
then that percentage is probably less that 3%.
Third, railroads had
been updating their freight car fleet with steel sheathed
box cars since
the late 1930s. Marty mentioned the CN numbers in another post.
the single and double-sheathed box car fleets began dwindling as
steel sheathed cars came into service. The newer cars had greater
capacity and required less maintenance. If you review yard images
mid-1950s, wood sheathed box cars are less numerous than in a
taken a decade previous.
I like the Accurail models.
I model 1926 and have a few prototypes that can be
done with some work on
the Accurail shell. I don't plan to use more than five
but these will not
look alike as one will have a different roof and underframe,
and at least
one will have an extra half door added for automobile hauling
Currently here are several in use on my Wheeling Freight Terminal as
are great for the monthly op sessions and to hold a spot for
freight cars that come off the bench and through the paint
> On October 27, 2015 at
7:13 AM "david ellzey davidellzey1@... [STMFC]"
> Yes I got some
good suggestions from both of them. Tony T. said the SP didn't
anything similar to the accurail car. Eric H. said the
accurail car is
> based on a Canadian car mostly. He sent some
very handy information a site
> called trainlife.com. There is an
article on the accurail boxcar. No one
> contacted me offline. I get the
impression that the accurail car is not highly
> regarded among
> From: "'paul.doggett2472'
> To: STMFC@...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:13 AM
> Subject: [STMFC] USRA
> I see you got some suggestions from Tony Thompson and Eric
> are both very knowledgeable did anyone contact you off