Re: Accurail DL&W 40 Foot DD Box Car

Staffan Ehnbom

The Accurail 40' double door box car started out as a McKean effort to model the GN 3000-3499 series built 1955 having a recessed diagonal panel roof, a 7 and an 8 foot door and a fish belly side sill. Bill McKean blushingly told me that an adviser told him double 6 foot doors were more common and so Bill changed prototype to the GN 3500-3999 series that had the double 6 foot doors but missed the overhanging roof and kept the fish belly side sill. Bill made a habit of trying to hide behind his desk at the few trade shows I had the chance to attend. Attached is a model photo of a McKean car with a new roof and with side sills straightened.

Staffan Ehnbom

On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 6:14 PM Todd Sullivan via <> wrote:
Ken -

My January 1952 ORER shows DL&W series 11300-11599 as 40'-7" IL double door boxcars with 12'-6" wide door openings, AAR mech designation XMR (auto racks installed).  This is the same number series that Yarmouth Models' new kit for a DL&W rebuilt 40' DD auto boxcar portrays. 

I believe that the Accurail kit depicts a GN series of DD cars that were built new or rebuilds in the mid-1950s and used extensively in lumber and plywood loading.  Someone with a a better memory and/or who knows GN equipment better is welcome to comment and correct me.

Todd Sullivan  

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