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This is a backorder item and is not currently in stock.
It will be shipped when we receive it from the manufacturer and you will be charged at that time.
Date due: 04/30/2020

Rapido #130108 40' USRA boxcar: New York Central - 4 Pack

Rapido #130108  40' USRA boxcar: New York Central - 4 Pack
  • Manufacture: Rapido
  • Category: Box Car
  • Number: 130108
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $164.99
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During World War I the US railroads were struggling to keep up with wartime traffic, in part because of a shortage of service- able freight cars. In an attempt to solve this problem, President Wilson nationalized the railroads under the United States Railway Administration, or USRA. One of the first tasks assigned to the USRA was to develop common designs for new freight cars. Among these was a 40’ double-sheathed wood boxcar with a fishbelly steel underframe.

Starting in 1918, nearly 25,000 copies of the double-sheathed boxcar were built and delivered to 24 railroads throughout the country. The cars were well received, and many cars continued in regular service on many roads into the 1950s with many updated to the newer AB-brake system.

Rapido’s new model of the USRA double-sheathed boxcar features an all-new body with correct fishbelly underframe and correct free-standing details. Models will be equipped with either KC or AB brakes as appropriate. These cars fill a need for a state-of-the-art model of this common car on any transition-era or earlier period layout.

Model Features
Accurate new tooling
Correct details including roof and handbrake
KC or AB brakes as appropriate
Full underbody with separate brake rods and piping
Accurate decoration
Fully decorated and assembled
Factory-installed Macdonald-Cartier couplers
USRA Andrews trucks with in-line brake shoes
Blackened turned-metal wheels

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