That is correct. The Rapido double door cars are class X31A. These are general service box cars with no automobile loaders and hence no tubes, fixtures or door markings. Note, that they can still be marked "AUTOMOBILES" as is one of the Rapido models. A number of these (X31A DD) cars were used in auto parts service. So, haul the completed product in X31 and X31C cars, haul the parts in X31A and X31B cars.
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Rapido PRR X31A Boxcar in HO
Bruce Smith wrote:
"The X31B/C would need a new mold. Much easier to get X31s out of the current mold with floor tubes and end fixtures (maybe an etched brass part?)"
Is it safe to assume that the original offerings of double door models will not be available with floor tubes and appropriate door markings?