|PRR REA Express X29 Boxcars
|PRR REA Express Boxcars
Release Date: May 21, 2012
This set was produced to introduce an accurately correct set for these classes, which hadn't been done by previous
In 1930 the PRR started lettering X29 boxcars for the Railway Express Agency. These cars were used as express cars in
mail, express and passenger trains across the entire PRR System and across the country, depending on the car contents.
The cars were identified in train consist books as Express cars or MS-60 depending on their lading.
The X29 Express boxcars lasted in the circle keystone REA scheme until 1954, when they were repainted but retained
their numbers and express car characteristics. These cars eventually wore out and were retired at the end of the PRR. It’s
interesting to note that in addition the original allotment of cars which had designated express car numbers that additional
blocks of freight car numbered X29’s were converted to express service and retained their freight service numbers.
This sheet includes enough data for 4 REA X29. There are 6 pre-arranged and accurate car numbers, with provisions for
making different additional numbers. See the diagram for proper placement. There are six different reweigh/repack dates
cover locations across the PRR system.
The X29 has been produced in many forms by various manufacturers.
There are no definitive articles specifically covering the REA X29 fleet, however they are consistently referenced within
Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Trains, Consists and Cars – 1952, Volume One, East – West Trains by Harry Stegmaier,
Jr. You can also consult Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.
Shown below are prototype photos, model photos, and the decal artwork.