Re: Model: CB&Q "Bomber Boxcar"

Scott Seders

Did these boxcars haul wing assemblies from Martin’s Baltimore plant to Omaha or did they originate somewhere else?

Scott Seders
Salisbury, MD 

On Mar 16, 2020, at 4:57 PM, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

The 1950 and 1955 ORER's show a number of 50 foot cars with 11-2 or 11-3 interior heights.
That's clearly extra tall for 1950's box cars!

Tim O'Connor

On 3/15/2020 9:02 PM, Nelson Moyer wrote:
The Burlington Bulletin on the extended roof XA-14D cars states that some served out they’re life without conversion to original height. I’m traveling, so I can’t access my source until next week.

Nelson Moyer

On Mar 15, 2020, at 4:31 PM, al_brown03 <abrown@...> wrote:

I know of two sources on these:
Culotta, "Freight Cars Reference Manual", v 1, p 192
Masterson, Wagner, and Hoffman, RP CYC 12, pp 46-87 (see especially pp 78-83)

CB&Q class XA-14D (100 cars, 46650-46749) were built in the company shops in 1937-38. After Pearl Harbor, 60 of this class were rebuilt with 26" roof extensions, to carry wings and other parts for B-26 and B-29 bombers. The modified XA-14Ds were converted back to their original height during 1946. The Masterson article has two photos of CB&Q 46741 with its extended roof, and Culotta has a 1963 photo of the same car at its original height.

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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