O USRA SINGLE-SHEATHED BOX CAR
the United States Railway Administration during World War I,
the first of these 50-ton outside-braced boxcars was built in
October of 1918. The USRA design was so
successful that many single-sheathed cars built through out
the 1920s were virtual copies, or "clones" with a
variation of the steel ends.
This unique 2-Pack
recognizes cars from lesser-known subsidiaries of the mighty
Pennsylvania RR. The Grand Rapids and Indiana RR. dated back
to 1854 and stretched from Cincinnati, Ohio to northern
Michigan. This line was formally purchased by the PRR in 1918.
The GR&I reporting marks were maintained on the 450
single-sheathed cars received in September of 1919. Eventually
all the cars were transferred to PRR series 596001 – 596450.
The New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Rail Road was created
to connect the Norfolk, Virginia area with the Northeast by
bypassing Washington DC. Trackage was constructed on the
Delmarva peninsula from Pocomoke City, Maryland to Cape
Charles, Virginia. The little NYP&NRR received 144 USRA
Single-Sheathed Box Cars. These, too, were subsequently
transferred to the PRR by the time of the Depression as PRR
- 3-Rail trucks are pre-drilled to accept Atlas O Adjust-A-Coupler®
- Highly detailed ABS body
- True 1/4" dimensions and details
- Die-cast chassis
- Die-cast Andrews-sprung trucks
- Full brake system
- Wood or steel door as per the prototype
- Different steel ends as per the prototype
- Prototypical painting and lettering
- Minimum diameter curve (3-rail): O-31
- Minimum radius curve (2-Rail): 24"
- Scale 33" wheels and scale couplers (2-rail)
Four road numbers are
available per road name.