Locked Re: Southern Single Sheated Boxcars

George Eichelberger

I agree with Dave, I am not aware of any Southern single sheathed USRA box cars. Although USRA allocated some number of them to the Southern, that information might be found on a USRA published list but it is incorrect. The Southern did not want/need the cars because it was happy with the many thousands of 36’ box cars it had and it did not want to take on financing for the cars.

I have to go back and look at my own posts as I forgot how they “negotiated” some other cars from USRA in lieu of the SS cars. (Hoppers, gons and drop-bottom gons (“coal cars”) were what the Southern needed in the late teens and early 20s.


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On Jun 11, 2021, at 11:27 AM, A&Y Dave in MD <dbott@...> wrote:


I can’t recall any Southern single sheathed cars. Maybe some were forced on them by USRA or they inherited from an acquisition? I will follow along to see me proved wrong.

Dave Bott

On Jun 11, 2021, at 11:23 AM, Allen Cain <allencaintn@...> wrote:

I apologize for the cross postings.  And yes, I did do my own research on this but came up blank so appreciate any help that I can get from anyone so here goes.

Did the Southern own and operate any single sheathed boxcars in the mid-1955?

And if so, does anyone have pictures to share?

And if so, does any of the new Rapido boxcars match what the Southern had?  Here is a link:

And finally, if all of the above is yes, who makes the correct decals?

Thank you!

Allen Cain

Allen Cain
Modeling the Southern in 1955 in HO Scale

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