lettering for B&O’s 1923 ARA steel boxcars - as delivered and 1950’s repaint scheme
Between 1925 and March of 1931, the B&O took delivery of 14,000 1923 ARA design all steel boxcars as follows:
Series 265000-266999, 2000 cars, Pullman Car & Manufacturing Co, Lot 5387, delivered May 1925, Class M-26
Series 267000-267999, 1000 cars, Bethlehem Steel Car Co, Lot 2435, delivered February 1926, Class M-26B
Series 268000-268999, 1000 cars, Standard Steel Car Co, delivered 1925-26, Class M-26A
Series 269000-269999. 1000 cars, Bethlehem Steel Car Co, Lot 2680, delivered August 1926, Class M-26A
Series 270000-270499, 500 cars, Standard Steel Car Co, delivered December1926, Class M-26A
Series 270500-270999, 500 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 424, delivered 1927, Class M-26A
Series 271000-271499, 500 cars, Pressed Steel Car Company, delivered 1927, Class M-26A
Series 271500-272499, 1000 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered May -July 1928, Class M-26C
Series 272500-273499, 1000 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered September-October 1928, Class M-26D Duryea u/f
Series 273500-273749, 250 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered February-March 1929, Class M-26D Duryea u/f
Series 273750-274499, 750 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered January-March 1929, Class M-26D Duryea u/f
Series 274500-276499, 2000 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered Aug 1929/Jan 1930, Class M-26D Duryea u/f
Series 276500-277999, 1500 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered January-March 1930, Class M-26D Duryea u/f
Series 278000-278999, 1000 cars, Baltimore Car & Foundry, delivered March 1931, Class M-26E Duryea u/f
Note: Between 1931 and 1950, 29 cars were rebuilt and moved into the 284000-28999 Series.
Paint & Lettering: Cars were painted B&O 43-H-1 Freight Car Brown. In the 1950’s they were repainted F-60 Freight Car Red - a bright oxide red
unique to the B&O and very similar to the WM. Lettering was all white stencil paste. Decal sheet contains 2” reporting marks for truck bolsters.
Almost all identical but with minor variations, there were some 50,000 of this design built during this period, with the PRR having 28,925
of their X29 version alone. To fully understand these cars and the various roads that used them the modeler should refer to Ed Hawkins and
Pat Wider’s very comprehensive RP CYC series, Vol 18, pages 61-79, with charts on pages 112-113.
Model: PSC #15469 Lettering set designed and created at Protocraft Decals based on artwork of Ted Culotta
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet