lettering for W&LE’s 1937 AAR 10’-0” IH boxcars
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad received 1,002 1937 AAR -0” IH 10’ design boxcars beginning in January 1941. Series and deliveries as follows:
Series 24000-24199 - 200 cars, American Car & Foundry, Lot 2137 - delivered Jaunary, 1941 - 6-ft Youngstown doors - ACF Corregated end
Series 24200-24501 - 302 cars, Pullman-Standard, Lot 5649 - delivered January 1941 - 6 ft Youngstown doors - Pullman Corrugated end
Series 23000-23249 - 250 cars, Ralston Car Co., delivered September, 1944 - 6 ft Youngstown doors - 4/5 DN end
Series 23250-23499 - 250 cars, Ralston Car Co, delivered January, 1945 - 6 ft 7-P Superior doors - 4/5 DN end
All cars, including the series built by AC&F, came with Pullman patented at riveted roof.
Paint & Lettering: Between 1934-1942 car sides and running boards were painted Pittsburg Brown: TCP-921*. Beginning in 1946 the WLE went to a medium red-brown:TCP-923*. Both colors need to be lightened to emulate natural oxidation: use TCP-179 to lighten the shade. Ends, roof, underframe and truck sideframes coated with black car cement. (wheels left unpainted and allowed to gather rust and road grime). Lettering all white stencil paste.
(* TCP-901-929 are Protocraft Decals propietory colors mixed by TCP under the direction of Ed Hawkins and available at Protocraft)
In 1949 the road was leased to the Nickel Plate. Keeping the Series numbers, the reporting marks were repainted as NKP. In 1988 the cars went to the Norfolk & Western and were repainted in N&W reporting marks.
Model by Protocraft of Series 24200-24501 with Pullman Corrugated ends: PC-3511
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet