PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

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The PRR’s X28 boxcar was developed from a combination of the evolution of lessons learned with the X25 fleet and the ARA mandate for standardized single-sheathed 50 ton boxcars. The X28 was an automobile version of the ARA boxcar, although based on a PRR design. The first 1,000 cars of the 5,000 car fleet were equipped with corrugated Youngstown doors, with the remaining 4,000 equipped with three-panel car builder doors. The X28 fleet was built during 1924 and 1926. Following development of the X31 “wagontop” boxcar in 1933 by the PRR, the X28 Automobile version was deemed obsolete and a rebuild program from 7/1933 to 7/1935 removed the double door configuration to only a single door creating the X28a. Nearly the entire X28 fleet was converted to the X28a class. By 1955, 3,500 X28a remained and by 1968, only 8 were still on the roster. (Source: www.mountvernonshops.com)

Three lots of X28 were built:

  • Series 28100-29099, built 5-24 to 11-24 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
  • Series 29100-30999, built 7-24 to 12-24 by Standard Steel Car Co., Middletown, Pa.
  • Series 37000-37099, built 12-24 by Standard Steel Car Co., Middletown, Pa.

Overview of Sub-Classes

  X28 X28A
Builder

Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. 

Standard Steel Car Co.

X28 Rebuild 
First Built 1924 1933 
HO Scale Models

Overland (brass)

Precision Scale (brass)

Funaro & Camerlengo

Sunshine (out of business)

Oriental Limited (brass)

Overland (brass) 

Doors Door and a Half  Single

 

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

Class Car Number AAR Class PRR Oct 44 PRR Oct 48 PRR Apr 52 PRR Oct 53 PRR Oct 58 PRR Oct 63 PRR Apr 68
X28a 120012 125000 XM 4952 4777 3785 3592 2921 349 7
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr; courtesy of prr.railfan.net.

 


X28

PRR 28100 X28 MCL1926 prr571827

 

The X28 has been offered in brass by Overland and Precision Scale. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.


X28A

The X28A has been offered in brass by Overland and Oriental Limited; and as a resin kit by Sunshine (out of business) and Funaro & Camerlengo. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.

Ted Culotta offers an article on modeling the Sunshine X28A.

7001LargeFunaro & Camerlengo X28A box car.