Re: SP B-50-20 box cars

Ed Hawkins

A thorough coverage (23 pages) of SP's 1937 AAR box cars is found in
Chapter 11 of Tony Thompson's Southern Pacific Freight Cars Volume 4.
Answers to your questions are also in the 1937 AAR roster list
available for downloading from the STMFC web site. The RC models
(formerly IMWX) are accurate for these cars. SP 1937 AAR cars built
from 1936-1938 had square corners, and later cars had round corners.
Champ HB-315 or HN-32 will work. No doubt there are others.
Ed Hawkins

On Jan 24, 2009, at 9:49 AM, Gene Green wrote:

I am looking at a Pressed Steel Car Co. ad in the Oct. 21, 1944 issue
of Railway Age on pages 10 & 11. The ad has a B&W photo (What a
misnomer that is. It is shades of grey, not black and white.) of SP
B-50-20 box car 84199 built 12-40.

From the legible dimensional data can be read IL 40-6, IW 9-2 and IH
10-0, all of which matches the IMWX/Red Caboose box car. The Red
Caboose web site lists "RC-8038 Southern Pacific 96220-96919 First
600 Superior., remaining cars were Youngstown."

The car in the photo has 5 panels on each side of the door, 4/5 (top
to bottom) round-corner Dreadnaught ends and an Equipco 3160 hand
brake. The roof and running boards are not visible enough to
identify. If I had to guess, though, I'd say the running board is

Are both the 84199 car number and the number series listed by Red
Caboose correct?

In what year were the 96220-96919 cars built?

The SP herald appears to be black and white and about 36" in diameter.

Are decals or dry transfers suitable for this car available somewhere?

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