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I solder the doors shut on my boxcars. There are plenty of plastic boxcars with opening doors to choose from. The boxcar is my favorite type of freight car.
The PRR X29 in S Scale
The car below is one of the first cars I have finished for my collection. It is a Dreadnaught End freight version that I converted to an REA car.
River Raisin Models imported 3 versions of the PRR Round Roof boxcar in May 1996.
The 2 versions that were made were the single and double door X31a.
One of my first brass bashing projects was in July 1997. I took the opening end doors off a class X33a as shown below and replaced it with a plain end making the car into a much more common class X32a Round Roof boxcar also shown below.
This car is shown after the modifications of adding the new plain end. I also scratchbuilt the 2 draft gear on this car before I started to make brass master patterns. I have another car to make into one of these class conversions.
Shown as built by River Raisin with the opening end doors.
B & O M53 Boxcars
The B&O Wagontop boxcars are my favorite right after the X29. I had the chance to photograph one about 5 years ago. I took LOTS of detail photos. These models were made by Overland in about 1985. I actually had them both painted but not decaled for a few years before I stripped them and started again. I modified some of my Draft Gear castings to closely match what the M53 had. I added draft gear, cut levers and cut lever brackets.
Reading BXmu Express Boxcar
Milwaukee Road Ribbed Boxcar
River Raisin Models imported the Milwaukee Road Ribbed Boxcar in 40’ and 50’ versions in 1991.
The 50’ car is shown here. I added draft gear, cut levers and cut lever brackets.
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