Construction details of NYC 176200-176799 boxcars, Lot 692-B

Mark Heiden

Hello everyone,

I have a couple of questions concerning the construction details of
NYC 176200-176799, 50ft single door boxcars from Lot 692-B built in
1941. Prototypes photos are available on page 68 of the NYC Color
Guide, and online at:

I'm planning to use the Proto 2000 50ft boxcar as a starting point.
My construction questions are:

1) Did the end ladders have 7 rungs? If so, was there a drop grab
iron beneath the ladders?

2) What sort of handbrake/brakewheel were these built with?

3) Were the roofwalks wooden or steel, and if steel, what kind?

Mark Heiden

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