lettering for T&NO’s B-50-21 series 54100-54849. a Rick Leach decal set
As the depression waned beginning in 1936, the SP began a steel boxcar acquision program using the new 1937 AAR 10’-0” IH design. This resulted in 7,994 new cars added to the fleet by mid-1942. In this group was 750 cars of Class B-50-21 for the T&NO lines. Cars were delivered in Class as follows:
B-50-21 - T&NO Series 54100-54599, 500 cars, General American Transportation Co - delivered July 1941 with 7-Panel Creco/Superior doors
B-50-21 - T&NO Series 54600-54849, 250 cars, Pullman-Standard, Lot 5537 - delivered July 1941 with Youngstown doors
Paint & Lettering: Car body and trucks (wheels unpainted) all SP boxcar brown: TCP-922 for 1936-1937; and TCP-923 for cars painted 1940-1959. Both SP and T&NO. Black underbody until 1945, then boxcar brown. Lettering white stencil paste with black medallion background with T&NO reporting marks until 1946. The use of the spelled out SOUTHERN PACIFIC was applied after 1946, but without the 1” line above it as it did with SP cars. For a more comprehensive study of these cars refer to the excellent volumes on SP freight cars by Anthony Thompson, Vol 4, Chapter 11.
An accurate model is PC-3522 - due Fall 2015
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet