This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.
In late 1945 the PRR started rebuilding its fleet of X26 boxcars into all-steel boxcars. The rebuilding program rebuilt the entire car leaving only the underframe and trucks as original components. By the completion of the program in 1949 nearly 3,500 cars were rebuilt into this configuration. The rebuilding had specific details as follows, the first 2500 cars had 7’ Youngstown doors and straight paneled Murphy Roof, the next 500 had a Superior door, and the last 500 had a modern lightweight 7’ Youngstown door and a diagonal panel roof. In addition the X26c, an X26 was converted in 1939 similar to the X26c, but had
a wagontop roof and revised ends, classed X26a.
The X26c boxcars lasted in the circle keystone until creation of the Shadow Keystone Scheme. The X26c boxcar, and some of its later variation, the X26f lasted into Penn central and in smaller numbers, into early Conrail, although all were gone by the late 1970’s.
Some numbers of X26c were used as service assigned cars for auto parts. See the diagram for proper lettering combinations. In addition the parts service designated cars, at least one car was compartmentally equipped. Lettering for all these schemes has been provided.
This sheet includes enough data for 4 X26c. There are 4 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. Additionally, data is included for doing the sole X26a car.
The X26c has been produced in resin kit forms by two manufacturers, Sunshine and F&C.
For painting instructions, in the Circle Keystone Monogram scheme (pre-1954) the entire car, including underbody is to be painted in Freight Car Color.
There are no definitive articles specifically covering the PRR X26 fleet, however you can consult The Postwar Freight Car Fleet by Larry Kline and Ted Culotta, Steam Era Freight Cars Reference Manual Volume 1: Box & Automobile Cars compiled by Ted Culotta/Speedwitch Media, and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide..