One of the less common types of the Pullman-Standard boxcar was the
40-foot length with a 9-foot door opening. Both the Green Bay and
Western and Milwaukee Road had
versions of these cars:
GBW 900-949 (50 cars):
These cars were built by Pullman-Standard in June 1959 with P-S doors
and roller bearing trucks. They were fitted internally with DF Loaders
with adjustable rub rails and used primarily to haul finished paper
products. These cars were the first yellow boxcars on the Green Bay
Route. The original paint scheme had 12" high GREEN
BAY AND WESTERN lettering and black ends. They were repainted
in 1962, getting the famous 'Home
of the Packers' football emblems, but now with yellow ends. By
1964 the cars were reclassified as XML and
again by 1966 as XMP. Around 1970 the cars
were painted in the standard GBW yellow scheme without the Packers
GBW 1000-1005 (5 cars):
GBW added five additional PS-1 boxcars in 1963. These cars were
outwardly identical to the GBW 900-949 cars. Originally painted dark
green with yellow lettering and a 'Home
of the Packers' logo; around 1970 the cars were painted in the
standard GBW yellow scheme.
MILW 30250-30649 (400 cars):
Built in 1961, Milwaukee Road series 30250-30649 were nearly identical
to the GBW cars except for the Youngstown corrugated doors. The MILW
cars were originally painted oxide red with black ends. In 1965 they
were reclassified XML and received 'DF2'
emblems on the doors.
Others car series:
Other railroads which had similar 40' PS-1 boxcars with 9-foot doors
a variety of paint schemes over the years; many were rebuilt,
refurbished and /or renumbered. Several cars were fitted with
round roof hatches for feldspar loading. Examples of some
of these boxcars can be found in the L&N Color Guide to
Freight and Passenger Equipment Vol. 1 (by Steve Johnson, Morning Sun Books,
The LS&I cars were rebuilt from
In addition, LS&I rebuilt 69 40-foot PS-1 boxcars in 1966 with
9-foot doors. The March 1993 Railmodel Journal
has a complete list of new-built 40-foot PS-1 boxcars.
There are no commercially available models to match these cars, but
an E&C Shops 50-foot Pullman-Standard boxcar kit can be used as the
basis of a kitbashing project. These same kits were also marketed for Branchline Trains.
The kits do not have as finely molded details as some of the more recent
offerings, but the modifications made for the kitbash will eliminate
most of their shortcomings.
The E&C Shops / Branchline Trains 50' PS-1 kit is available with
either P-S doors or corrugated (Youngstown) doors. A kit with a P-S door
is needed to model a Green Bay & Western boxcar and a corrugated
door kit is needed to make a Milwaukee Road model.
Although the E&C Shops Boxcar kit has been out of production
since 1998, these kits can be found through some dealers or else check
secondhand sources such as eBay. The
P-S door models are a little harder to find than the corrugated door
models. [ Search
eBay for E&C 50' PS-1 boxcar kits ]
The photo below shows nearly all the parts used in this project. The
red P-S door body will become the GBW car while the blue body will be
used for the MILW car. InterMountain Railway
parts will be used for the ends, roof and body details. The underframe
and roller bearing trucks from the E&C Shops kit will be used,
although one could choose to replace these as well.
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