Re: Rapido USRA double sheath and single sheath boxcar question

Eric Hansmann

Two key articles on these USRA box cars were published in a couple of Railway Prototype Cyclopedia volumes. Both of these efforts are above and beyond any previous coverage.

RPCyc Vol 16 has 53 pages of data and photos covering the USRA Double-Sheathed box cars.

RPCyc Vol 17 has 51 pages of data and photos covering the USRA Single-Sheathed box cars and rebuilds.

I would be very surprised if these resources were not being used by the Rapido development team. There are probably other prototype photos of these cars that were not published in these volumes, but additional usage and ownership data would be minimal.

Have you asked if they are using these RPCyc volumes?

If these details spark curiosity among readers, you can download and review an RPCyc article index PDF from the Helpful Links page of the Resin Car Works blog. Scroll down a bit to the Prototype Resources links.

Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN

On 05/12/2022 9:58 PM Jim Mischke <jmischke@...> wrote:

Regarding the past Rapido USRA double sheath boxcar and upcoming USRA single sheath boxcar release ..... and I am having trouble finding any road names for such boxcars that lasted up to and past 1960 in their original hardware appearance in general interchange.   AB brakes replaced K-brakes of course.   Plenty were rebuilt with aftermarket sides, not yet Rapido offerings.

Some ORER entries within and past this group's 1920-60 base timeline show several hardy CNJ USRA single-sheath boxcars still around, yet they may have been in lead-zinc service between the two Palmerton, NJ. smelters, a very short on-line move.

Some TH&B double-sheath boxcars were still around in yellow paint, yet they may have been operating on-line LCL service.

B&O's M-24 USRA single sheath boxcars were converted en masse to company service about 1953 or so.  They lasted a long time yet were not in revenue service anymore.   The last M-24a/b boxcars equippped with hoppers for cement loading lost their jobs about 1958.

Insights about long-lived USRA wood boxcars in an original hardware appearance would be welcome.

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