RR 37066wlRed Caboose (InterMountain) X29 - Available in numerous configurations and schemes

Between 1924 and 1934, the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased or built over 30,000 of the X29 class of box cars and an additional 5,000 of the auto car variant, the X28. The X29 -- a 40' 50-ton all-steel car -- became the most ubiquitous freight car of the late steam/transition era. These cars appeared in every corner of the US and Canada. 

 

The PRR’s X29 fleet of nearly 29,000 cars performed greatly during the pressures of WW2, however due to this intense amount of service a good portion of the fleet was in dire need of rebuilding. Following the successful rebuild program of X26’s into X26c’s the PRR started a similar program in 1948 for X29’s, which resulted in the X29b, X29d, X29e, X29f and X29g subclasses. The rebuild was performed at both the PRR’s shops in East Altoona and Terre Haute, Indiana. The rebuilt X29’s were enlarged with only the frame, underbody equipment and trucks remaining original to the car. The X29b’s had a 7 foot Youngstown postwar door applied to them while the X29d’s had a 8 foot Youngstown postwar door.  (Source: www.mountvernonshops.com)

Early X29s had plate ends and later cars had dreadnaught ends. Some were fitted with steam lines and lettered for RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY.

Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.

Overview of Sub-Classes

  X29 X29A X29B X29C X29D X29E X29F X29G X29K X29L
Builder     X29 Rebuild    X29 Rebuild      X29 Rebuild   X29 Rebuild 
First Built 1924    1940    1952      1959     
Interior Height 8'6 5/8"   10'6"              
Capacity 3034 cu ft   3478 cu ft              
Quantity Built   1 4,500   3,100     900    
HO Scale Models

Red Caboose

Sunshine (out of business)

Overland (brass)

Precision Scale (brass)

 

 Funaro & Camerlengo

Sunshine (out of business)

 

Funaro & Camerlengo

Wrightrak (out of business) 

         
Notes    

New body on old underframe.

Corrigated roof & ends.

 
 

New bodies on old underframe.

 

500 cars painted with "Don't Stand Me Still".

 
    New bodies on old underframe. Roof hatches for flour loading 8' Youngstown Door

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
X29 49301 57641 XM BX 7970 7878 7044 6779 6039 380 34
X29 90633 92500 XM 1706 1678 1483 1424 1265 223 11
X29 93995 96126 XM XME 1883 1846 1593 1520 1292 169 -
X29 97949 103324 XM BX 4809 4925 4330 4317 3784 441 23
X29 502000 505948 XM BX 3558 3504 3034 2922 2563 292 15
X29 566091 574091 XM 7770 7637 6643 6374 5590 707 47
X29a 49300 - XM 1 1 1 1 1 - -
X29b 26501 31000 XM XME XML XMP XP - 381 4404 4485 4415 4347 2525
X29c 93654 93659 LC - - 4 6 6 27 3
X29c 504829 - LC - - - - - 1 -
X29d 22301 23500 XM XML XL XMP XP - - - - 1195 1181 972
X29d 23600 26500 XM XML XL XMP XAP XP - - NEW 999 2880 2837 2083
X29e 22501 23600 XM - - - - 100 100 56
X29e 22501 23600 XP - - - - - - 42
X29f 31001 32000 XM - - - - NEW - -
X29f 606250 606649 XML - - - - - 398 395
X29g 605350 606249 XM XML XL XP - - - - - 898 879
X29h 22301 23500 LC - - - - - - 2
X29h 23600 26500 LC - - - - - - 26
X29k 93650 93683 LC - - - - - - 2
X29k 93684 93693 LC - - - - - - 10
X29l 22301 23500 XM XL - - - - - - 129
X29l 23600 26500 XM XL - - - - - - 287
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr; courtesy of prr.railfan.net.

 

PRR 569091 X29 34viewX29

X29 car 2185 equipped for pass exp service

X29 RAILWAY EXPRESS SERVICE

X29b E18815 Side BillLaneX29B

X29b box car 30901 merchandise car 34 viewX29B MERCHANDISE SERVICE

X29d E20851 Side BillLaneX29D

 

X29d box car showing apex running boardX29D Apex Running Board 

X29e E21011 Side BillLaneX29E

 

prr 605297 X29g ed martinX29G

 

X31a E9736 Side BillLaneX29 in MoW Service