As announced here a couple of months ago, Accurail is working on an HO scale 36-foot box car model. They are planning four variations and have announced the initial paint and lettering schemes. Ray Breyer has pulled together prototype photos and details for each of the introductory models that will have fishbelly center sills and steel ends. He has created a very nice resource that can help modelers understand the similarities between the model and prototype. The initial PDF data sheet is posted on a special blog page, Accurail Prototype Data.
Ray is working on three additional data files that will cover the prototypes Accurail has announced for the other 36-foot box car versions. These will appear over the next few months in anticipation of the release date for these new models.
There is a community of Pre-Depression Era railroad modelers who are very thankful Accurail is developing these exciting models. We hope modelers of the 1930-1953 years realize the importance of these shorter box car prototypes for their freight car fleets.
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