Re: Reservations Needed: PRR X29 Boxcar (HO Scale)
Ralph W. Brown
Hi Bruce, et al.,
Thanks for the heads up.
I’m interested in the undec kits, which I hope would come with KD brakes or maybe parts for both KD and AB brakes. The Intermountain website lists five undec kits with the notation “TBD” in the product status column. The first two of those are described as “1928” bodies, RC-7000 with steel plate ends, and RC-7001 with Dreadnaught ends. RC-7002 is described as having a “1924” body with steel plate ends; RC-7003 is described as having an AAR body with steel plate ends; and RC-7004 is described as having a “1924” body with patches and steel plate ends. All five descriptions are silent with regard to brakes.
According to the article in the March 2004 TKM, all except “those built in 1932 and 1934 had two-piece flat ends.” The Dreadnaught ends were used only on the “final two production runs.”
The website doesn’t say anything about trucks either. The TKM article states the the 1924 cars were built with 2D-F1 arch bar trucks, the majority of which were later replace with 2D-F8 trucks. I infer from the article that the 1928 and subsequent years’ cars were built with 2D-F8 trucks, although some X29 boxcars, both freight and express service cars, were “seen” with 2D-F12 coil-elliptic trucks, but doesn’t say when. Also, at least PRR 100688, “one of the last cars built,” was equipped at some point with GSC BX express trucks, but again the article doesn’t say when.
Question: Anyone know when the 1924 cars’ 2D-F1 trucks were replaced with 2D-F8 trucks?
The TKM article contains a wealth of other information about the details of these cars, as does another article in the April 2004 TKM dealing with X29 boxcars in express service.
Anyway, here’s hoping the various painted and lettered cars get enough reservations to move them on to production, and that the undec kits are produced as well.
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532
From: Bruce Smith
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Reservations Needed: PRR X29 Boxcar (HO Scale)
Please be aware, that at least based on the artwork displayed by Intermountain, the brakes on these prospective car releases are incorrect.
The artwork (and description) indicates that these cars use the RC patch panel tooling, which, to the best of my knowledge, was only done for the mid-production (1928) body X29 by RC. Although not clear, the artwork appears to show plate ends, which is expected. The artwork also show a transverse early AB reservoir. These were only applied to the 1932 or later production X29s which are distinguished by the application of Dreadnaught ends. Subsequent plate end X29 conversions to AB brakes utilized the more well known AB reservoir, hung longitudinally under the carbody. Thus the offering by IM is incorrectly detailed with respect to the type and location of the brake reservoir (and some minor differences with brake levers as well).
Bruce F. Smith
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