Re: SOO Line prewar 50 foot double door box car

Ken Soroos

Hi Tim -

Your first photo of car 176494 is from one of the series that Resin Car Works is replicating.  These cars were built new for the Soo Line and Wisconsin Central by Pullman-Standard in 1940 and 1942.  They had 10’-5” inside height and 5-5 Dreadnaught ends.  See the Resin Car Works website ( for a builders photo.

Pullman-Standard did build similar cars for the Wisconsin Central in 1937 and 1939, but these cars had 10’-1” inside height with 4-5 (top to bottom) Dreadnaught ends.

Your second photo of car 176682 is from the second series of cars built / assembled for the Wisconsin Central in 1950, 1954, and 1957 at the Soo’s North Fond du Lac, WI shops.  These cars had 10’-6” inside heights and R-3-4 Dreadnaught ends.

The most distinguishing feature of all of these nominally 50’ cars is their centered doors covering 12’ openings.  The cars in both of your photos have essentially their as-built configurations.

Ken Soroos

On Oct 20, 2019, at 12:41 PM, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Resin Car Works has announced a kit for the 1939 box cars with 12'6" door openings.
I've attached a photo of what looks like the car rebuilt with new postwar ends, new
fishbelly side sills, new doors - am I correct about this? Is that what it is, a
rebuild of a prewar/wartime car?

Thanks for any facts you care to share. :-)

*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*

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