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50' DOUBLE-DOOR BOXCARS

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PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD X32 ROUND ROOF BOXCARS

 

MICRO-TRAINS and FINE N-SCALE

 

   The standard inside height for boxcars was nine feet, four inches in the early thirties. The Pennsylvania Railroad felt a need for higher capacity boxcars, particularly for automobile service.  They developed the X32 boxcars with an interior height of ten feet and rounded edges at the roof to reduce clearance problems.   The X32 cars were constructed with both 12’ doors and 14’6” doors.  In addition, some round-roof boxcars were built with end doors and designated X33. 

 

   The Micro-Trains model features 14’6” doors, while Fine N-scale offers a cast resin kit of a car with 12’ doors.  The Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia model (Micro-Trains 79060) represents a car with 12’5” doors; they were presumably acquired from the Seaboard, whose cars had 12’6” doors. The chart below lists the roads that originally owned X32 boxcars, as well as the short lines that picked them up second hand in later years.  An asterisk next to a number indicates that some of the cars were equipped for hauling automobiles.

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