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    I thought I had posted a message here asking about modern (post 1960's) box cars but I don't see anything.

    Basically I'm interested in acquiring a roster of prototypcically based SP/Cotton Belt boxcars for post 1960 use.

    Here is a partial list of what I have:

    MDC: double door 50' with and without hydrocushion lable

    MDC: 50' single door hicube (smooth side)

    Details West: double plug door 50'

    Details West: single plug door 50' XF

    Athearn Genesis: 60' Berwick Waffle (SP)

    Athearn Genesis: 60' Smoothside (SSW)

    Athearn 50' single door box car

    What else is there?

    Anyone aware of others "in the works"


  • #2
    Check out the following website. It might have some of the info you seek. Lots of pix of Espee boxcars, 40 footers on to 86 footers.

    http://www.railgoat.railfan.net/spca...lass/index.htm



    Don in Orygun City

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    • #3
      Thanks for the link. I did check out that website put there aren't that many SP photos.

      Do you know of any other sites? THanks

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      • #4
        These are also reasonable matches for SP's cars:

        Athearn 40' High Cube w/sliding door (B-70-36 class)

        Accurail 50' DD Boxcar (B-50-41, -44, -51 classes)

        LBF 50' DD High Cube (B-100-50 class)

        Intermountain 50' DD PS-1 (same as Accurail Car)

        Hope this helps. The Accurail and Intermountain cars can easily be modernized by removing the roof walks and shortening the ladders.

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        • #5
          Thanks 9thSTModesto

          I think the Accurail and Intermountain box cars are, what, 50's era. But should have a few of those as well.

          Mostly I'm interested in more modern box cars. But that is what we need and aren't produced yet right? We are really in need of a few very common smoothside plug door high cubes in particular. Those IIRC have unequal size doors. I don't know the B-class numbering system at all.

          Even MDC's smooth side single plug door high cube is really only a stand-in but at least visually close to some that I've seen in photo's.

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          • #6
            Jim,

            Is the modern MDC, 50', outside braced, center double door close to the Espee prototype?? I have seen many Espee cars of this style up here in the Portland region, carrying lumber.



            Don in Orygun City

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            • #7
              quote:



              Jim,

              Is the modern MDC, 50', outside braced, center double door close to the Espee prototype?? I have seen many Espee cars of this style up here in the Portland region, carrying lumber.


              Don in Orygun City


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              I'm not "Jim Eager", per diem freightcar guru! But I believe those MDC double door outside brace "modern" 50 foot box cars are accurate for some class(s) of SP box cars. I have a couple on my HO roster - one with the Hydrocushion lable and the other without.

              BTW, I believe the Athearn double door box car (very similar looking) is also good for a class of SP box cars. It has a stepped lower side sill rather than a straight one on the MDC. They are accurate to IIRC; the only bad thing is the claws and railing for the doors are grossly oversize to allow them to operate.

              BTW, I like the way you spell Orygun city! That is how the correct way to say it rather than Oree-gon, like easterners pronounce the name of the state! I guess myself, having grown up in California, has been accused of pronouncing Mary-land wrong (Marilund). Oregon Orygun


              Edited by - jimfitch on 06/26/2002 12:09:59

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