Do you recognize this box car? I know you recognize the railroad name, but do you recognize the car design? I’ll bet most readers are not familiar with this car design. It does look similar to many box cars used in the first four decades of the 20th Century, but this was the most common B&O box car until 1926. There were 9988 listed as in service in an October 1926 Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). Are you surprised?
As my railroad modeling is focused on 1926, I’ve found the freight car fleets of many railroads to be starkly different from the fleets of the post-WW2 years. I posted a summary of the 1926 Wheeling & Lake Erie fleet several years ago when I was modeling a portion of that railroad. I’ve been working on a B&O version for several months. It’s a much bigger fleet.
The B&O fleet summary won’t fit nicely into a blog page so PDF files have been created to share the fleet information, similar to the Accurail model summaries. The amount of info has dictated splitting the summaries into a few parts. A look at the box car fleet is now available for your review and enjoyment. Gondolas will be next, then hoppers, and the final installment will cover the remaining cars of the 1926 fleet. These will all be available through a resource page at the top of the menu along the right side of the blog.
This has been an enjoyable excercise and has helped me understand the B&O freight cars I need to focus upon for future additions to my model railroad. Yes, M-8 class box cars are at the top of my list.
Several people have assisted with this project. I thank James Mischke, Bob Witt, Ed Kirstatter, and Ray Breyer for sharing details, photos, and proofreading as this summary has lurched ahead over the months. I think we all learned a bit more in the process.
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