MTH Electric Trains
40' Rebuilt USRA Steel Boxcar - Ready to Run -- Christmas #2013 (white, red, green, blue)

MTH Electric Trains
40' Rebuilt USRA Steel Boxcar - Ready to Run -- Christmas #2013 (white, red, green, blue)

Out of Stock
Availability: Special Order
$59.95
S
Scale
  • No Prototype/Fantasy Road Name
  • Walthers Part # 507-3574001

Product Information

During and after World War I, American railroads took delivery of tens of thousands of boxcars built to USRA designs: single or double-sheathed wooden sides, wooden doors, and steel ends, roofs and underframes. By the late 1920s, however, all-steel cars had become the norm, although new car construction slowed to a crawl during the Depression. A cheaper alternative was rebuilding older USRA cars, replacing the wooden sides and doors with steel and re-using the existing underframe, ends, and/or roofs. Brake systems were also upgraded, from the earlier K-brake to the more modern AB brake system. As World War II loomed and traffic began to pick up, railroads upgraded thousands of USRA boxcars to all-steel construction, usually doing the work in their own shops. Rebuilding programs continued through and after the war, and steel rebuilt cars were a common sight into the late 1950s, with many serving into the following decade. While rebuilt car details often differed from railroad to railroad, a spotting feature common to most of the cars was the sill brackets added to the existing underframe side sills, a feature replicated on these models. These sill brackets supported new steel sides that were spaced father apart than the old wooden sides, making a wider car with greater carrying capacity.
 
Model features include intricately detailed durable ABS body, opening doors, separate metal grab irons, detailed brake system, die cast sprung metal trucks, metal wheels and axles, American Flyer-compatible couplers and S Scale Kadee-compatible coupler mounting pads. Operates on 20} radius curves.