1937 AAR boxcars for Southern Pacific - Early versions of B-50-18/19
As the depression waned beginning in 1936, the SP began a steel boxcar acquision program using the new 1937 AAR 10’-0” IH design with a 3713 cubic foot capacity. This resulted in 7,994 new cars added to the eet by mid-1942, contracting with all major car manufactures.
Once again, Boo Rim Precison Scale of Korea, has produced an exquiste and accurate model in all-brass of this S.P.’s series using builder drawings from both the Pullman Library in Illinois and the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis.
These were the rst cars for Southern Pacic of the all-steel, 10’-0” IH design. Ends were of the square-corner 4/5 Dreadnaught design built by Standard Equipment Railway Company of Chicago; Chicago-Hutchins (Murphy) raised panel roofs, SP style polling pockets and 7/7 Wine ladders and wood running boards. Power hand brakes used were Ajax, Universal, Equipco and Minor. This version of the Protocraft model has utilized the Ajax Power hand brake as the most popular type. For cars equiped with Equipco Power Hand Brakes applied to Series 34020-34519 (B-50-18), and 38340-38589 (B-50-19), see Protocraft model PC-3516
Series 32770-33269, 500 cars, Pullman-Standard Car Co, Lot 5537 - delivered December 1936 B-50-18
Series 33270-33519, 250 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 1535 - delivered October 1936 B-50-18
Series 33520-34019, 500 cars, Pressed Steel Car Co, - delivered November 1936 B-50-18
Series 34020-34519, 500 cars, Bethlehem Steel Corp, DF 8484, delivered December 1936 B-50-18
Series 37840-38089, 250 cars, Pullman-Standard Car Co, Lot 5549 - delivered March 1937 B-50-19
Series 38090-38339, 250 cars, Pressed Steel Car Co, - delivered September 1937 B-50-19
Series 38340-38589, 250 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 1608 - delivered March 1937 B-50-19
Series 38590-38839, 250 cars, Bethlehem Steel Corp, DF 8745, delivered early 1938 B-50-19
Note: In 1956, all cars were renumbered into 114753-117411 Series to free up numbers for new cars. Refer to Tony Thompson’s excellent and comprehensive series of the SP Historical publication SP Freight Cars, Vol 4, pages 247-261.
Accurate decal sets for the 3 time periods used on these cars are available from Protocraft Decals based on the artwork of Rick Leach.