This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.
The X42 was created following WW2 when head-end mail and express traffic took off across the nation. For the PRR it was cheaper to build a boxcar with door spacing and dimensions similar to a B60 baggage car for bulk mail shipments. This unique boxcar was classed as an X42, and 10 were built between August and September of 1950, series 2540-2549. Equipped with steam and signal lines like an express car, it was initially painted in the Circle Keystone Scheme used for freight. However, in a May 1951 paint & lettering diagram, the scheme was made obsolete when all X42 were repainted into a unique Tuscan Red Passenger scheme. The car sides and ends were painted Tuscan Red. The roof, underbody, and trucks were painted black. The side lettering was Gold Leaf and the end lettering was white. All 10 X42’s were later painted into the Shadow Keystone Scheme with some later receiving the Plain Keystone monogram as well. The entire fleet of 10 cars lasted into Penn Central.
This sheet has enough data to do 1 car in either the CK or Tuscan red Passenger Scheme. The X42 has been produced in brass and in resin by F&C.
For references in regard to the PRR's X42 Boxcars please consult Railroad Model Craftsmen, October 1999, pgs. 76-77, by Richard Burg and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.