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Uncataloged Premier O Scale NYO&W 40’ USRA Double Sheathed Boxcar Announced

May 19, 2022 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced an exclusive Premier O Scale 40’ USRA Double Sheathed Boxcar in New York Ontario and Western livery for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer M.T.H. Authorized Retailer JR Junction Train & Hobby. The cars are limited in production and available in two car numbers. They are expected to arrive in August 2022.

Item No. 20-99360 New York Ontario & Western 40’ USRA Double Sheathed Box Car
Cab No. 5191
Sale Price: $69.95 (plus freight)

Item No. 20-99361 New York Ontario & Western 40’ USRA Double Sheathed Box Car
Car No. 5214
Sale Price: $69.95 (plus freight)

ABOUT THE USRA DOUBLE SHEATHED BOXCAR

At midnight on Monday, December 31, 1917, the federal government took control of the U.S. railroad system. Acting under wartime powers granted to him by Congress, President Woodrow Wilson had nationalized the railroads when they proved unequal to the task of moving massive amounts of men and materiel for the Great War in Europe. Although hostilities would end in 11 months, government control would last until 1920. The agency that ran the trains was the United States Railroad Administration or USRA, and one of its chief accomplishments was the building of nearly 100,000 freight cars of five standard designs, to relieve equipment shortages.

What would become the car committee of the USRA had actually started its work in the summer of 1917. Appointed by the Council of National Defense, the committee members were high-ranking executives from Baldwin Locomotive Works, American Car & Foundry, Pullman, and other car builders. Because they had a head start, their finalized car designs were ready within three months of the government takeover. The five body types eventually produced in quantity were a 50-ton steel frame single-sheathed box car, a 40-ton steel frame double-sheathed box car, a 55-ton steel 2-bay hopper, a 50-ton composite drop-bottom gondola, and a 70-ton steel mill gondola.

The twin boxcar designs reflected the car committee’s indecision about which design was actually superior, as well as the perception that splitting production between the two types would speed wartime delivery. The use of wooden sides with steel underframe, ends, side framing and roofs reflected the common practices of the time, when the steel car era was not yet in full swing. A wartime shortage of plate steel was also an important consideration.

EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE FROM:

JR Junction Train & Hobby
2716 Erie Boulevard East
Syracuse, NY 13224
315-451-6551
www.jrjunction.com
junction@twcny.rr.com

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These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.


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These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.


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These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

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@JR Junction Train & Hobby; well played, sir.

Can't wait to see what's next!

We can't either!   We have Premier New York Central and Boston & Albany wood-side cabooses,  Finger Lakes Railway GP9 diesels coming later this year and we are looking to do several runs of Premier FT's next year.  Some Railking offerings too including American cranes and more.  Keep your good ideas coming and we will produce the best of them!

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