This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.
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.