The Ma & Pa built these cars in the late 1920s using parts from previous cars. These wooden truss rod cars served the railroad for many years with a few lasting into the early 60’s long after other railroads would have scraped them for more modern equipment. Cars #713 and #723 are now preserved at the Strasburg Railroad and car #727 is preserved by the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association. Car #729 is the lone box car in Jim Gallagher’s famous November 10, 1955 photo of one of the Ma & Pa’s last steam powered freight trains.
About this creation
All four cars gathered together for a group photo.
Car #723 along with her sister #713 are now at the Strasburg RR in Stasburg, PA
Car #727 is preserved by the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association in Mechanicsburg, PA.
The 700 series cars used truss rod style construction.
Car #727 sits in IndyLUG's rail yard at Brickworld 2008
I read in the comments you don't have instructions for this model. My question is this. Do the doors open or are they simply for show? If they do open would it be possible for you to upload a photo showing how they open? The simple BoxCar design I can do well enough, It's getting the door to open that I am having issues with.