Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] PRR X28A

Mont Switzer

During the early 1990's I made regular visits to Altoona, PA on business. While there I observed a metal building being built in an industrial area. It was sort of like your typical steel building except the vertical members were old freight car center sills. I was told they were previously under PRR cars, maybe the X28's and X29's of which you speak.

Considering the sills probably came via a scrapper they could have been around for a while. The center sills didn’t look very good in this application, but they were obviously overbuilt for this purpose.

Montford L. Switzer
Switzer Tank Lines, Inc.
Fall Creek Leasing, LLC.
(765) 836-2914

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From: <> On Behalf Of Gatwood, Elden J SAD
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2020 7:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] PRR X28A


Yes. Those X29, and X28A that did not get chosen for the X29B, X29D, X29E, X29F, and X29G rebuilding campaigns were being set aside for scrapping, from the late fifties thru sixties, when they were scrapping tens of thousands of less-than-useful size or condition cars. There were thousands of X28A and X29 in deadlines awaiting either rebuilding or the scrap heap. Obviously condition was everything, but numbers overwhelmed need for standard 40' box cars.

Yards like Pitcairn and E Altoona were choked with deadline cars. There are photos in some books, but it was nothing like in-person.

All these choices led to the PRR freight car shortage of the early sixties.

An X28A in SK would have been extremely unusual.

Elden Gatwood

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From: [] On Behalf Of anthony wagner
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 5:45 PM
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] PRR X28A

Ron, I'm guessing but I think advanced age and inadequate cubic and weight capacity doomed these cars. By the late 50s 50 foot box cars were becoming the norm, often with 70 ton capacity, so older cars were disposed of as soon as they could be economically replaced. Also, though I'm not sure when, the AAR changed the longevity rule from 50 to 40 years but that also must have had an impact.Tony

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3:08:21 PM CST, mopacfirst <ron.merrick@...> wrote:

Thanks for all the really specific replies. I'm comfortable with doing the X28A in SK, probably well-weathered, if I decide to do it at all. I'm also working on an X26C, an X29B and an X29D, all F&C. (I like to do some similar cars at once, which is a small labor-saving advantage at least with regard to research and assembly technique.) And I have enough decals I should be able to make some good choices when I'm at the lettering stage.

My Westerfield 1/59 ORER shows 2913 X28A. I have a hard copy ORER from 1961 but it's at my other house so I can't check it. I'm really interested in the precipitous decline in the numbers of X28A after 1958 as shown in the page, so I was wondering if large numbers of these cars were being condemned or at least being gathered for scrapping rather than being in free interchange during this time.

Ron Merrick

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