The 1970s called and they have some Harvest Gold & Avocado Green appliances that need to be moved.
It may look like an auto parts boxcar but these large 70-ton, 60' high-cube beasts are for moving the kind of appliances that pair nicely with dark walnut veneer cabinets, orange formica and freshly raked shag carpet. These boxcars were built in the early 1970s by the Berwick Forge and Fabricating Corporation in the former AC&F Berwick, Pennsylvania plant. These were initially delivered to only a small handful of railroads but they traveled the country far and wide to deliver appliances from Westinghouse, General Electric and others.
Pre-production samples shown
Penn Central - '1973 As-Delivered': Penn Central was the largest buyer of the Berwick 7440 Boxcars and took delivery of 130 of them (equipment series 278045 - 278174). Classified as lot X77, many of these cars were initially assigned to the Southern Railway at General Electric's Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The Penn Central, Deepwater Green scheme will be available in 12 road numbers.
Illinois Central Gulf - '1973 As-Delivered': The Berwick 7440 Boxcars were delivered only a few months after the Illinois Central & Gulf Mobile & Ohio merger and featured the new ICG "eyeball" logo. The ICG rostered a small fleet of 20 cars (equipment series 660213-660232) and they were assigned to the Penn Central at Evansville, Indiana. Available soon in 6 road numbers.
Rock Island - '1973 As-Delivered': Rock Island took delivery of 15 of the 7440's (32550-32564) in April of 1973. Equipped with Evans 'Air Pac" loaders and Keystone 20" Shock Control Underframe, this car was built to transport the fragile cargo with care. Assigned initially to the Penn Central at Westinghouse Electric in Columbus, Ohio. The Rock Island scheme will be available soon in 6 road numbers.
Conrail - '1980 Repaint': In the late 1970s and early 80s, Conrail began to repaint some of the Penn Central X77 boxcars. Initially they retained their same road numbers as they were on the PC but in the late 80s some were renumbered into the 216000 series. Many cars were not renumbered and lasted well past the merger breakup on CSX. Conrail "1980 Repaint" scheme will be available in 6 road numbers.
Conrail - '1985 Repaint': Some of the Conrail X77 repaints were a little more unique than others. Only a select few received the large "can opener" logo and we couldn't resist including this example that was replicated from car 278073. The large "can opener" is one of our favorites. Available soon in number 278073 only.
Kit - Undec: Choose your own adventure! Sorry, no photo at this time :(
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