I started this project in the 1990’s using data from Stafford Swain's articles for these boxcars. You could not complete this project without Stafford’s data sheets. His articles were in RMC Aug 1993 and were reprinted in CN Lines 3-4. The information you need to model these cars along with a table is contained in this article. I currently have 2 cars left to finish and this project will then be complete. It has been very fulfilling and has left me with a total of 47 CNR All Steel 1937 AAR Boxcars. I now have twenty five 10' high cars, fifteen 10’6 high cars with 6' doors and seven 10'6 high cars with 8' doors. The car numbers are based on a ratio of what CN owned to my total number of cars on the layout. I will start a series of posts covering these cars starting with the 10' cars. Many of the cars required changes to be made such as ends, roofs, brake details, doors, roof walks, trucks, brake wheels and decals. In the end there are 19 variations of these cars. Some of these cars were also boxed baggage cars in passenger service. The only thing they all share is that they were painted CN #11 red and have 10 panel sides. The passenger service cars were painted in CN green #11.
CNR 10’H All Steel Boxcars
All these cars have 10 riveted side panels, 6’ Youngstown 6-5-6 doors and wood roof walks. They are made up of cars from series 1 to 24. They were produced from 1937-1946. There was a total of 19,215 cars. I have tried to model all physical variations for the 10’H cars. Intermountain and Red Caboose box car kits have been used as the starting point for all these cars.
CNR 10’6”H All Steel Boxcars
All cars have 10 riveted side panels, 6’ doors, metal roof walks and W corners. They are made up of cars from series 25 to 43. They were produced from 1948-1956. There was a total of 18,260 cars in this group.
I have tried to model all physical variations for the 10’6”H cars except for the welded cars series 42 that were produced in 1956. Branchline and Atlas made a welded car, just not lately. Intermountain and Branchline kits were used as the starting point for these cars also.
CNR 10’6”H All Steel Boxcars With 8’ Doors
All cars have 10 riveted side panels, 8’ doors and metal roof walks. They are made up of series 44-49 and were produced from 1956-1957 and there was a total of 5,000 cars in this group.
Intermountain, Branchline and H&D cars were used as the starting point for this grouping of cars.