Welcome to "Follow The Build", a new series here on PENNSYRR.COM that will follow the construction of a particular series of cars, structures, etc., over multiple blog entries.
Our first series will feature the PRR X26 series box cars, which the PRR Pro Yahoo Group is building together as a project commencing July 1, 2016. Have any unbuilt kits? Now is the time to join the group and share in the effort!
Mount Vernon Shops, which offers HO scale decals for the X26, provides the following background on the car (edited):
Following WWI, the USRA distributed its standard railroad car types throughout the railroads of the USA after de-nationalizing the railroads. Among these designs was a 50-ton single-sheathed 40' boxcar. The PRR was the largest single recipient of this type, receiving nearly 40% of the fleet, totalling 9,900 cars. Starting in the 1930's these cars started to receive upgrades, including new roofs and doors and later most were also upgraded to AB brakes. In 1945 the PRR commenced a rebuild program of the X26's into steel-sided variants, X26c's.
The X26 boxcars in the Circle Keystone scheme lasted into Penn Central, with some soldiering on into Conrail although in restricted service. The roster peaked in 1930 with 9,394 cars, by 1950 the roster dropped to 5,909 and in 1953 it had declined to 953 cars.
Seven of the X26 were equipped for auto engines loading for the International Harvester Company.
These 40' 50-ton cars featured seven panels and Superior or Youngstown doors and three panel 5/5/5 Murphy ends. Of the 9,900 cars, 3,500 were rebuilt between 1945-1949 with new metal sides & roofs. The ends & underframes were retained. Both ran on 2D-F3 or 2D-F3a trucks.
As of 1954, there were 421 X26 remaining on the roster; less than 1% of the fleet. There were 3,451 X26c still on the roster; just over 5% of the fleet.
To properly balance my fleet, representing the 1950s, I will be building (2) X26 and (5) X26c resin kits from Funaro & Camerlengo. F&C offers numerous versions of the car, including:
8200 - PRR X26 ONE PIECE BODY SS Boxcar, Side Ladders, New & Spliced Youngstown Doors
8201 - PRR X26 ONE PIECE BODY SS Boxcar, Side Ladders, Creco & Spliced Car Builders Doors Doors
8202 - PRR X26 ONE PIECE BODY SS Boxcar, Side Grabirons, New & Spliced Youngstown Doors
8203 - PRR X26 ONE PIECE BODY SS Boxcar, Side Grabirons, Creco & Spliced Car Builders Doors Doors
8010 - PRR X26c ONE PIECE BODY Rebuilt USRA Boxcar with Youngstown Doors & Decals
8011 - PRR X26c ONE PIECE BODY Rebuilt USRA Boxcar with Superior Doors & Decals
8020 - PRR X26c ONE PIECE BODY Rebuilt USRA Boxcar with Diagonal Panel Roof & Youngstown Doors & Decals
Stay tuned as the build progresses...