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lettering for SSW’s 1923-25 wood double-sheathed 8’-6” IH boxcars

Part Number: SSW-1a

Price: $8.50

The St. Louis Southwestern Railroad received 2,500 cars built between 1923 to 1925 as follows:
Series 31000-31499, 500 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 9498, delivered September 1923 - 8’-6” IH, 7-7 Murphy ends
Series 31500-31999, 500 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 9727, delivered May 1924 - 8’-6” IH, 7-7 Murphy ends
Series 32000-32499, 500 cars, Mt. Vernon Car Co, delivered March 1924, 7-7 Murphy ends
Series 32500-33499, 1,000 cars, Mt. Vernon Car Co, delivered 1925, 7-7 Murphy ends
Between 1933-38, SSW’s Pine Bluff, Arkansas shops began the height extension program by increasing the IH to 10’-2”, making them the tallest wood boxcars
in America. Capacity was increased from 2933 to 3499 cubic feet, a signicant increase in potential revenue. Rebuilt cars were renumbered into 36000-38499
series. Not all were modified. By 1953, there were still 357 cars in revenue service with the as-delivered 8’-6“ IH dimensions with the original series number. See
decal set SSW-1b for the extended height lettering.
Paint & Lettering: Cars were painted SSW’s freight car medium red/brown: TCP-923. As delivered from the builders, the cars came with a 62” wide monogram;
after extending the IH to 10’-2” the cars received the same lettering, new numbers and a smaller 55” wide monogram.
Decal set designed and created at Protocraft Decals
Printed by Microscale Industries

Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet

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