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This Boxcar is based on cars developed from common designs during World War I. During World War I the US railroads were nationalized the railroads under the United States Railway Administration, or USRA. One of the first tasks assigned to the USRA was to develop common designs for new freight cars. Among these was a 40' single-sheathed wood boxcar with a steel underframe. Starting in 1918, 25,000 copies of the single-sheathed boxcar were built. Originally delivered to 22 railroads throughout the country, the cars were well received. Many cars continued in regular service in their original form well into the 1950s. Delivered with KC brake systems, many were updated to AB brake systems prior to 1953. Some of the updated cars lasted into t e late 1960s. The Rapido Trains model features roadname and era-specific detailing including door styling, roof types and brake details.