Walthers Mainline Cars (XM-1, USRA, and Reefers)

Discussion in 'Boxcars' started by gna, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I poked into a site I don't visit often (Atlas Rescue Forum), and stumbled on a thread describing some new cars Walthers may be producing: http://atlasrescueforum.proboards.com/thread/7481/walthers-mainline-boxcars-early-reefers

    What's labelled a USRA Single-Sheathed car is really an XM-1 type car, but very close to a car the Frisco had many of: https://www.walthers.com/40-usra-composite-boxcar-ready-to-run-undecorated
    Unfortunately, they don't seem to offer the car in Frisco.:(

    They are also offering a USRA Double Sheathed car, in a variety of roadnames, but again no Frisco. I am surprised, as I thought the SLSF had the most USRA DS cars: https://www.walthers.com/40-usra-wood-boxcar-ready-to-run-undecorated

    They do offer a USRA Double Sheathed Rebuild in Frisco, though--4 different numbers:
    https://www.walthers.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=usra+rebuild+frisco :)
    It's close to the real ones:

    They also have a reefer: https://thelibrary.org/lochist/frisco/friscoline/images/photos/p01590.jpg

    I have been modeling all of these cars with Accurail and Tichy cars, but these come with knuckle couplers and metal wheels, so they may be worthwhile.(especially the rebuild DS car).
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  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Gary, thanks for the heads up on these. The undecorated DS boxcar would seemingly be a pretty easy task for modeling as one of the Frisco's.

    The rebuilt cars are a nice option to have. Wish there were options for the "Frisco Lines" coonskin for WWII and earlier yodelers.

    I am also thinking that any rebuilds lost the vertical handbrake shaft, but would have to verify. Either way, that's an easily modifiable detail.
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  3. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    You are correct--the rebuilds did not have vertical brake staffs, at least as far as I know. The ladders aren't correct, either. But if you want one of those cars, you can get a resin kit, or the cheap option is to build a Tichy USRA rebuild kit, and glue Accurail fishbellies to the underframe, paint,and decal. I've been working on one, on and off, for a while. But with the Tichy kit, decals, metal wheels, Kadees--I'm guessing the Walthers Street price will be around $22. Maybe that's the cheap option.

    The SS cars look nice, but I think the ends are incorrect. I use the Accurail cars, and replace the fishbellies with channel. The Accurail DS cars seem to be fine for the Frisco.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2019

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