to UP fans: -B-50-25 Express Box - converting "back" to normal box car?


Hello friends,

I still need more 40' box cars, and I consider purchasing this one:

Was the prototype always an express box car, or was it a conversion out of an ordinary freight car? If the latter - would it be possible to backdate it with reasonable effort? What exactly makes this an express box car? The two most obvious details I could tell are the steam line and the type of trucks - both easy to remove/ replace. Would it then be just a usual freight car (which class?)?

Many thanks and best regards

Modeling the early post-war years up to about 1953

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