PRR class X26 USRA ss boxcar in 1948


Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi List Members,
 
A great view of a gritty 1948 industrial scene. A PRR class X26 USRA ss boxcar is visible. Note the original wooden door has been replaced with a steel door by this time. Also note the switch engine hiding between the cuts of cars, a switchman is standing by to help out with whatever needs to still be done. This would make a great scene on a model railroad, don't you think? I also like the damaged brick wall - both on the prototype and on any model this would beg the question  - what happened there? Did a careless forklift operator back the thing right thru the wall coming from the loading dock side?
 
 
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Enjoy!
 
Claus Schlund
 


Benjamin Hom
 

Claus Schlund wrote:
"A great view of a gritty 1948 industrial scene. A PRR class X26 USRA ss boxcar is visible. Note the original wooden door has been replaced with a steel door by this time."

Most of the Class X26 fleet received upgrades during the mid-1930s, including Hutchins roofs, steel doors salvaged from the concurrent Class X28A rebuilding program, and truss reinforcements as necessary.  According to Al Westerfield, some cars escaped upgrading.  Almost all Class X26 boxcars would be rebuilt to Class X26C steel boxcars beginning in the late 1940s, though a few would escape rebuilding and survive in work service into penn Central.


Ben Hom