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


Many thanks, Tim. These cars are very nicely proportioned (lower height as pointed out by another user) - too bad that they became ordinary box cars in the sixties only.

Modeling the early post-war years up to about 1953

Gesendet: Freitag, 01. März 2019 um 03:53 Uhr
Von: "Tim O'Connor" <timboconnor@...>
Betreff: Re: [RealSTMFC] to UP fans: -B-50-25 Express Box - converting "back" to normal box car?


In your era the cars were used exclusively in passenger train services
as far as I know.

Some cars were repainted in the 1960's with freight service paint
(attached). Later the
survivors all ended up in company service with 9xxxxx series numbers (as
shown in the
photo) in both the yellow & gray, and freight colors.

Tim O'Connor

On 2/28/2019 11:26 AM, vapeurchapelon wrote:
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


*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*

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