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In 1934 the Pennsylvania Railroad started production of a new series of 40’
boxcars – the X31 series. These cars featured an unusual round roof appearance
to provide maximum capacity within the then-standard loading gauge. The most
numerous group of these new boxcars was the X31A, produced in both single and
double door variants. In total, the PRR produced 6700 X31A boxcars, with another
2000 cars being produced to similar classes X31B and X31C. This made the X31
series the second most numerous series of PRR boxcar after 1949. There were more
X31 boxcars than many railroads had entire freight car fleets of all types!
These cars traveled throughout North America and could be seen just about
anywhere until the mid 1960s when age and attrition began to take their toll.
Even so, more than 1000 were still in service at the time of the Penn Central
merger, though most were retired quickly thereafter. Rapido is pleased to
announce an all-new HO model of the X31A boxcars in both single- and double-door
variations. These cars feature state-of-the-art tooling with separate grabs,
crisp and accurate details and correct PRR class 2D-F12 trucks with free-rolling
turned metal wheelsets. Both Equipco and Ajax brake wheels will be offered, with
the correct style being applied to each car. These cars will be offered in
multiple numbers and sold to dealers as three or six car packs which can be
broken up for individual sale.
Reserve your models of this important freight car today!
Rapido’s X31A Boxcars Feature:
Single- and Double-door versions available
Complete underbody detailing with all piping
Super-detailed Barber PRR 2D-F12 trucks
Insulated blackened turned metal wheelsets
Separate grabs and ladders
Accurate paint schemes
Multiple car numbers per scheme
Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers
Available in singles or multi-packs.
Multi-packs boxed for individual sale