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 Bowser X32

In 1932 the PRR designed boxcars that would be specifically used for the automobile industry. To maximize capacity they used a new unique roof design, where it curved at the edge, termed a “round roof” or “wagontop”. The X32 and X33 classes were both 50 '6" cars with staggered doors. The X33 differed from the X32 in that it also had end doors. Both X32 and X33 cars were built in 1933. Then, in 1936 after some design improvements, the X32a and X33a classes were constructed. While the X33 class was specifically designed for carrying finished automobiles, the X32 boxcar classes, while designed to haul finished automobiles also hauled auto parts around the country as well. The resulting need for specific service X32’s resulted in different batches and classes being built, which introduced the X32b class. In 1940 auto loading racks were applied to some X32b, which created the X32c class. Finally, starting in 1953 through to 1956, X32a/b/c boxcars were rebuilt with a single door into the X32d class.

Although considered large capacity when first built in 1933, line side clearance improvements made the cars obsolete, so in 1959 the PRR stripped the superstructure of 1,000 X32 and X33 subclasses cars to build their X51 class of boxcars. By April of 1968, the PRR only had less than a dozen X32/X33 cars in revenue service. (Source: www.mountvernonshops.com)

 

Overview of Sub-Classes

  X32 X32A X32B X32C X32D
Builder       Modified X32B  X32B & X32C Rebuilds 
First Built 1933  1936     1940 1953-56 
Quantity Built          
HO Scale Models Railworks (brass)

 Bowser

Railworks (brass)

   

Bowser

Railworks (brass)

Roof Round Round Round Round Round
Doors  Single Double Double Double Single 
Notes       Auto loading racks added.  

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
X32 60112 60171 XA XAP XM 13 16 58 58 58 4 1
X32a 58800 59449 XA XAP XM XML XL 632 650 745 634 583 129 5
X32a 59450 59499 XM XMR - 50 48 44 44 5 -
X32b 48300 49299 XA XAP XAR XMR XM XML 886 884 879 659 617 107 -
X32c 48186 48299 XAR/XMR 114 114 113 80 66 - -
X32c 48186 48299 XAR XMR XM XML 114 114 113 113 86 1 -
X32d 48186 48299 XM - - - - 26 14 -
X32d 48300 49299 XAP XM XML - - - - 235 122 -
X32d 59450 59499 XML - - - 4 4 - -
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr; courtesy of prr.railfan.net.

 

X32a E10372 Side BillLane

PRR X32A

X32b E15370 Side BillLanePRR X32B

X32d E19933 Side BillLane

PRR X32D