Re: New Walthers USRA based cars

Eric Hansmann



That “single-sheathed boxcar” has very little detail or hardware associated with a USRA Specification 1001-B: 50-ton Single-Sheathed Box Car. It looks more like the 1923 ARA XM-1 car design.


How did they spend so much in tooling up these “models”? I’d be hard pressed to add them to my  guide to 1920s era HO scale plastic freight cars.


I might have nightmares about these tonight.



Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN




From: <> On Behalf Of Bruce Smith
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:25 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] New Walthers USRA based cars




The new Walthers flyer includes four new steam era freight cars:


40' double sheathed USRA boxcar


40' USRA single sheathed boxcar

- dang, look at those boards! SMH


40' steel USRA rebuilt wood boxcar


40' Early Wood Reefer

This looks like a USRA reefer.


These cars are in the WalthersMainline series and have molded on grab irons. Interestingly the "single sheathed boxcar" appears to not have the classic USRA underframe that the other 3 cars show. These may make some interesting detailing and kit bashing fodder.



Bruce Smith

Auburn, AL


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