Raisin Models imported 3 versions of the PRR Round Roof boxcar in May 1996. I
assisted in getting some PRR drawings for River Raisin. I originally bought
3) X31a 40’ cars and 2) X33a 50’ cars when they were first released. This was
the very start of my brass bashing by adding draft gear, cut levers and air
hoses to the ends of cars.
round roof boxcar design was very popular with many classes and subsequent
PRR X32a 59634
Completed July 1997
is one of my first brass bashing projects in July 1997. There was only 300 X33a
cars made by the PRR but it was chosen by River Raisin for its uniqueness and
play value. I have mostly modeled the common not the rare and 1 of a kind. I took the opening end doors off of a class
X33a as shown below and replaced it with a plain end making the car into a much
more common class X32a Round Roof boxcar. This car is shown after the modifications of adding the new plain end. I
remember throwing caution to the wind using the Hotip to start the conversion.
After the first end door hit my train desk I thought” You really did it. No
turning back now”. I had never really chopped at a brass car before so it was
initially rather frightening. But it was the start of many projects and many
years of modifying my brass rolling stock.
The roof walk had to be shortened. I had to notch the sides so the wrap
around of new end would fit. Since the new end stamping was a “B” end many
small holes for the ladders and brake platform etc had to be filled in with
solder and wet sanded smooth. I also scratchbuilt the 2 draft gear one at a
time before I started to make my own brass draft gear master patterns. As with
all of my brass boxcars I soldered the door shut, which is why the floor was
cut open to gain access to the doors.
PRR X32b 48581
Completed November 2014
car is essentially the same A end conversion as above 59634 except I used brass
draft gear castings that were made for my X29 project, and painted in the
Shadow Keystone scheme. I called it an X32b just to be different. Externally it
is visually the same as the X32a. The
decals were made for me by Jerry Glow. I might have enough parts (purchased new
with the production run of the cars in 1996!) to make one more end conversion,
but I do not have a car to convert and no plans now to get one.
PRR X33a 59693
made very minor modifications to this car, adding cut lever and draft gear,
leaving the opening end doors in place. Note the photo below unloading long
pipes which is what the car was made to do.
Purchased July 2018
Kindraka painted this car and offered it for sale at the 2018 NASG Convention.
It is unmodified like the X33a. I bought it just because I really liked the
paint job, also as something different. When these cars were made new Jim was a
part of the River Raisin team, so it was great to get this car from him. But
the DT&I had a tie in to another interest of mine. It was owned by Ford. I
am a lifelong Ford fan.
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