Re: LNE 1923 ARA Proposed Standard Steel Boxcars
Fenton Wells asked:
"LNE X-29 boxcars, 8000 series, Anyone have info on these cars? I think they were the 8000 series."
As always, the Devil is in the details and the previous quick answers in this thread miss several important points:
- These cars aren't "X-29s", but exhibited the ARA car side rivet pattern and 5 ft 6 in kingpin-to-striker spacing, so repainting a PRR Class X29 model doesn't exactly answer the mail. RC-7003 (AAR Body w/Steel Plate Ends) is the kit you want - NOT any of the PRR Class X29 variations.
- The cars also received replacement roofs over their service lives. Ted Culotta offered both kits and conversion parts to model these modified cars.
John Sykes III replied:
"Originally the LNE cars were painted a red very similar to PRR freight car color of the early 1940’s. However, this weathered rapidly and was not helped by the fact that 95%+ of their loadings was Portland cement, in kegs before WWII and following the war, the 1 cubic foot, 94 lb bags still used today. Portland is very caustic and did a number on the paint. The few remaining X29 clones were repainted in the black scheme starting in 1956, I believe."
Here's an early 1960s Tom Nemeth photo illustrating this.