PRR Class X26 and subclasses - 40' U.S.R.A. composite & all steel boxcars


General information:

Edward M. Koehler Jr. sent me the following information about the Long Island Railroad's U.S.R.A. boxcars...
The LIRR had 1000 U.S.R.A boxcars numbered LIRR 3601 to LIRR 4053. Cars 4101-4600 were sold to the PRR in November, 1926. Three years later on September 1, 1929, the remainder of the cars (3601-3943 and 3945-4100) were sold to the PRR with the exception of car 3944 was was wrecked and retired on May 10, 1929.
ClassLIRR NumbersBuilder(s)LotDateDescription
XM2nd 3601-4053AC&Funknown12/191950 ton Box Cars
XM2nd 4054-4065Bettendorfunknown12/19-1/192050 ton Box Cars
XM1st 4066-4303Bettendorfunknown12/19-1/192050 ton Box Cars
XM1st 4304-4485Haskell & Barkerunknown2-3/192050 ton Box Cars
XM1st 4486-4600AC&Funknown12/191950 ton Box Cars


Types of trucks used

ClassCarNumbersTruck ClassTruck NameQty cars:
X26  2D-F3U.S.R.A  
X26  2D-F3aU.S.R.A  
X26a  2D-F3U.S.R.A  
X26a  2D-F3aU.S.R.A  
X26c  2D-F3U.S.R.A  
X26c  2D-F3aU.S.R.A  
Truck data is from PRR documents circa 1940's. Other truck classes may also have been used.


Cars on the PRR roster (as listed in the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)):

ClassCarNumberAAR ClassPRR Oct 44PRR Oct 48PRR Apr 52PRR Oct 53PRR Oct 58PRR Oct 63PRR Apr 68
X263710039865XM XAP27311846117929351-
X264400146725XM XAP2693182610672094--
X268339783572XM1731188321---
X268679886900XM100694814---
X269050490513XM1041----
X269390193925XM2520157--12
X269780597948XM141935810---
X26511396511430XM3524112---
X26512065512069XM5441---
X26518217518949XM XAP723511328992--
X26530076530080XM5433---
X26531194531198XM544----
X26540001540798XM78554635691---
X26549202549282XM8158357---
X26564270566090XM17941275838234421
X26564270566090XAP11-----
X26596001596450XM442298182432--
X26598438598453XM161395---
X26a540769-XM1111---
X26c104260107759XM XME XML XMP XAP XP-29953476346234112617134
X26d340038340057GBC/GTC---20142-
X26e107760-XM-----11
X26f104260107759XM-----226148
X26f107761109759XM-----492547
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr


Modeling Information:

Accurail
X26HO420840' OB wood box w/ wood door, steel endsplasticmodel is Canadian prototype - differs from PRR.
X26HO430440' OB wood box w/ wood door, steel endsplasticmodel is Canadian prototype - differs from PRR.
X26HO440240' OB wood box w/ steel door, steel endsplasticmodel is Canadian prototype - differs from PRR.
X26HO450240' OB wood box w/ steel door, steel endsplasticmodel is Canadian prototype - differs from PRR.
Ambroid
X26HOK12 (NE HB-1)Single Sheathed Box CarWoodbetter modern alternatives ie Westerfield
Funaro & Camerlengo
X26cHO8010PRR X26c ONE PIECE BODY Rebuilt USRA Boxcar with Youngstown Doors & Decals resin kit w/ decals-
X26cHO8011PRR X26c ONE PIECE BODY Rebuilt USRA Boxcar with Superior Doors & Decals resin kit w/ decals-
MicroTrains
X26N28000undecRTR plastic w/ molded grabsuse Oddballs Decals 160-202 (Circle Keystone)
S Helper Service
X26S?Keystone schemeRTR plastic w/ wire grabs-
X26S?MOW schemeRTR plastic w/ wire grabs-
X26cS?Keystone schemeRTR plastic w/ wire grabs-
Sunshine
X26cHO64.20X26c rebuilt boxcar, 7' Youngstown door, APEX etched running board, CK decalsresin kit w/ decals-
X26cHO64.21X26c rebuilt boxcar, 7' Superior door, APEX etched running board, CK decalsresin kit w/ decals-
X26cHO64.22X26c rebuilt boxcar, diagonal panel roof, modern Youngstown door, APEX etched running board, CK decalsresin kit w/ decals-
X26cHOU4.2X26c 40' steel box car, prewar doors, SK decalsresin/plasticdiscontinued
X26cHOU4.4X26c 40' steel box car, 7 panel door, CK decalsresin/plasticdiscontinued
X26cHOU4.5X26c 40' steel box car, 7 panel door, SK decalsresin/plasticdiscontinued
X26cHOU4.7X26c 40' steel box car, postwar door, diag panel roof, CK decalsresin/plasticdiscontinued
X26cHOU4.8X26c 40' steel box car, postwar door, diag panel roof, SK decalsresin/plasticdiscontinued
X26cHOUN4.1X26c 40' steel box car, CK decalsresin/plasticdiscontinued
Tichy
X26HO402640' USRA wood box carplastic-
Westerfield
X26HO330640' USRA single sheathed box car - PRRresin kit w/ decals-
X26HO3306USRA SS_BOX CAR PENNSYLVANIA resin kit w/ one piece body & decals-
X26HO3355USRA SS_BOX CAR PRR MODN, HUCHINS ROOF,WOOD DOOR resin kit w/ one piece body & decals-
X26HO3356USRA SS_BOX CAR PRR MODN, HUTCHINS ROOF,YNGSTWN DR resin kit w/ one piece body & decals-
X26HO3357USRA SS_BOX CAR PRR MODN, HUTCHINS ROOF,CRECO DOOR resin kit w/ one piece body & decals-


Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
PRR 105808X26crestored and on display at SteamtownScranton, Pa.5/09/1998Dennis K. Sautters
PRR 105808X26crestored and on display at SteamtownScranton, Pa.8/5/2001©Ray Thibaut (Kodak Gold 100)
PRR 109760X26crestored and on display at SteamtownScranton, Pa.5/09/1998Dennis K. Sautters
PRR 109760X26crestored and on display at SteamtownScranton, Pa.8/5/2001©Ray Thibaut (Kodak Gold 100)
PRR109760X26crestored at Steamtown (side view)Scranton, PA6/92VG Aylward (from George Elwood's site)
PRR109760X26crestored at Steamtown (3/4 view)Scranton, PA6/92VG Aylward (from George Elwood's site)
PRR 105206X26cBuilders Photo, Side view (E15689)Altoona, PA-PRR Photo (B&W), collection of Bill Lane
PRR ?X26Being unloaded by C.W. Burnette. Close up of door areaPolk St., Chicago, IL-PRR Photo (B&W), collection of Rob Schoenberg


Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
X26Cars of the Pennsy44PRR 45927CK-7/40-
X26Keystone Vol 21, #218PRR 44076NK3-1919?-
X26Pennsy Power 3410PRR 44824CK-7/42-
X26PRR Color Guide Vol 170PRR 564409CK-7/77-
X26cPRR Color Guide Vol 170PRR 108212PK-2/70-
X26cPRR Color Guide Vol 350PRR 105007SK1bWayne, MI7/1959Door open
X26cPRR Color Guide Vol 350PRR 107363SK1bEnola, PA3/1961-
X26fPRR Color Guide Vol 233PRR 108078PK-1/63-


Equipment Diagrams online:

Class(es)tracing #View
X2661600elevation
X2661600-Delevation
X26aE-417823-Delevation
X26cE-432973-Delevation


Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
X26Class DiagramPRR Pass. & Frt. Car Diagrams68USRA
X26a,X28a,X29,X29a,X31aArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 12Shadow Key - X29 shown
X26cPlanMainline Modeler-7/88

X26c, X29bArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 127Shadow Key Merch. Service - X29b shown
X26c,X29bArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 11Shadow Key - X26c shown


References:

  • PM 10/78 - X25 to X29 series boxcars (Amerine, Jack & Freeman, Jeff)
      history, photos, list of boxcar types plus bibliography
  • RMJ 8/92 - X26 boxcars
      history, prototype photos, and model from Athearn boxcar plus Tichy USRA ends !
  • MR 1/87 - X26 boxcars
      photos of #38333, #44076
  • MM 7/80 - X26 Boxcars
      builders, roster, drawings, builder photo PRR #564287
  • Mainline Modeler June 1997, pg 50-53, Greg Martin "Pennsylvania Railroad X26" - Modeling info, model photos, uses tichy car.
  • PRR Passenger & Freight Car Diagrams, General Arrangement-X26, pg 68
  • RMJ 9/1992 p.28 photo X26f CR #60799
  • Pennsylvania RR Compendium Vol1, Lettering Diagram, pg 1, Tracing # 454247 rev D 4/54
  • RMJ 9/1992 p.28 photo X26f CR #60799
  • RMJ 8/1992 pp.4-7 history, prototype photos, and model from Athearn boxcar plus Tichy USRA ends! photos PRR X26c's #104260/#108269
  • MRR 1/1987 p.15 1954 photo X26 single sheathed car #38333 AB brakes, steel roof, other improvements but car retains vertical brake staff
  • MRR 1/1987 p.14 ACF builder photo PRR #44076
  • MM 7-8/1980 pp.43-51 builders, roster, drawings, builder photo PRR #564287


Special thanks to Rich Orr and Earl Tuson for providing information for this page.


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