Hagley Museum & Library, Negative No. 12014, Dec. 30, 1939

Joe Collias Photo

Information about the X37 family, courtesy of Ben Hom:

These cars look like an easy kitbash from a 5/5 Modified 1937 AAR Boxcar Kit, but there are differences beyond the roof that will send you running to a resin kit:

  1. The roof on all three subclasses are a lap seam design similar to that found on Class X29; however, the Class X37 roofs have six evenly spaced ribs with a closely spaced double row of rivets in between each set of ribs. Additionally, the end panels are depressed to accommodate the roof end walks.  This isn't immediately apparent in builder's photos of PRR 65400, but it's obvious in an overhead shot and makes the cars easy to spot in yard photos.  The two Railmodel Journal kit conversions (September 1990, November 1992) have incorrect roofs - the modeler chose to simulate the roof seams with strip styrene, creating something that looks more like a Murphy roof. Additionally, he used a .010" overlay to simulate the higher center section of the roof, which doesn't really capture the appearance of the roof.  To be fair, if you're working from the builder's photos, the roof details do not jump out at you.  All cars (except for Class X37B 64400-65399 equipped with Alan Wood steel running boards) had wooden running boards when new.
  2. The sides have 10 panels, but they have what is best described as an "alternating rivet pattern" (not ACRs).  The rivets joining the panels alternate between wider and more narrowly spaced rows.  The side ladders were similar to those on Class X29, with 6 rung ladders and a grab iron above two rung sill steps. This design feature was common to Class X23, X25, X29, and X37 families of cars.
  3. All cars started out as general service cars, Class X37A and X37B Automobile cars were equipped with racks for auto parts service (AAR Car Classification XAP).  A 1940 lettering diagram (updated to September 1951) records the following service assignments:

Nothing recording RWE South Buffalo Rwy. Buffalo, NY, but auto parts loading from the Ford Motor Woodlawn stamping plant is certainly plausible given the above assignments.

None of cars ever received Evans Auto Loaders; however, the lettering diagram refers to another tracing detailing symbols for cars so equipped, so the Mechanical Department was obviously aware of the possibility of equipping these cars with Evans racks.

So, coming back to Bud's model which kicked off this thread:

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Both articles have builder's photos; see above notes on models.


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