Coming Soon! The All New Berwick 7440 Appliance Boxcar

January 23, 2019 13 Comments

Coming Soon!  The All New Berwick 7440 Appliance Boxcar

ExactRail is proud to announce our next all new freight car...

The HO Scale Berwick 7440 Appliance Boxcar!

The 1970s called and they have some Harvest Gold & Avocado Green appliances that need to be moved.

It may look like an auto parts boxcar but these large 70-ton, 60' high-cube beasts are for moving the kind of appliances that pair nicely with dark walnut veneer cabinets, orange formica and freshly raked shag carpet.  These boxcars were built in the early 1970s by the Berwick Forge and Fabricating Corporation in the former AC&F Berwick, Pennsylvania plant. These were initially delivered to only a small handful of railroads but they traveled the country far and wide to deliver appliances from Westinghouse, General Electric and others.  

Features:

  • Precision micro-tooled
  • Extraordinarily accurate artwork
  • Razor sharp printing
  • ExactRail's exclusive 70-ton Barber S-2 Trucks
  • Kadee #58 Couplers
  • CNC-machined 33" metal wheel sets

Price: TBA

Coming Soon in 5 paint schemes & kit.

Pre-production samples shown

Penn Central - '1973 As-Delivered':  Penn Central was the largest buyer of the Berwick 7440 Boxcars and took delivery of 130 of them (equipment series 278045 - 278174).  Classified as lot X77, many of these cars were initially assigned to the Southern Railway at General Electric's Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Penn Central, Deepwater Green scheme will be available in 12 road numbers.

Illinois Central Gulf - '1973 As-Delivered':  The Berwick 7440 Boxcars were delivered only a few months after the Illinois Central & Gulf Mobile & Ohio merger and featured the new ICG "eyeball" logo.  The ICG rostered a small fleet of 20 cars (equipment series 660213-660232) and they were assigned to the Penn Central at Evansville, Indiana.  Available soon in 6 road numbers.

Rock Island - '1973 As-Delivered':  Rock Island took delivery of 15 of the 7440's (32550-32564) in April of 1973.  Equipped with Evans 'Air Pac" loaders and Keystone 20" Shock Control Underframe, this car was built to transport the fragile cargo with care.  Assigned initially to the Penn Central at Westinghouse Electric in Columbus, Ohio.  The Rock Island scheme will be available soon in 6 road numbers.

Conrail - '1980 Repaint':  In the late 1970s and early 80s, Conrail began to repaint some of the Penn Central X77 boxcars.  Initially they retained their same road numbers as they were on the PC but in the late 80s some were renumbered into the 216000 series.  Many cars were not renumbered and lasted well past the merger breakup on CSX.  Conrail "1980 Repaint" scheme will be available in 6 road numbers.

Conrail - '1985 Repaint':  Some of the Conrail X77 repaints were a little more unique than others.  Only a select few received the large "can opener" logo and we couldn't resist including this example that was replicated from car 278073.  The large "can opener" is one of our favorites.  Available soon in number 278073 only.

Kit - Undec:  Choose your own adventure!  Sorry, no photo at this time :(

The Berwick 7440 Boxcar will be available Spring 2019.




13 Responses

Richard Wilcox
Richard Wilcox

February 11, 2019

ExactRail,
My previous comment on 1/23/19 concerning NYC Despatch Shops 60’ Auto Parts Plate E boxcar single 10 ft door should have been Lot 960-B not Lot 985-B. Lot 985-B is a NYC Pullman Standard 60 foot 10 ft Door Plate E Auto Parts boxcar built in 1966 just before roof walks were outlawed on new boxcars.

Per Mr. Flemming’s comment concerning Auto Parts boxcar models – many designs from the mid 1960’s and early 1970’s have not been produced. These cars became common sights on railroads in the USA & Canada from the mid 1960’s thru 2000’s. Besides the railroads/cars I mentioned in my first comment dated 1/23/19 – very interesting 60 foot Auto Parts boxcars by AC&F, Greenville, Pullman Standard, Thrall, B&O Dubois Shops, C&O Raceland Shops and IC Centralia Shops were produced. Jim Kinkaid did a wonderful series of articles in the early 2000’s Mainline Modeler magazine on both 60 ft and 86 ft Auto Parts boxcar designs which included accurate drawing’s. His article in the Oct 2016 RMC about the PC 86 foot 4-door HiCube Auto Parts Boxcar class X67 built by the PC Sam Rea Shops in 1970 was brilliant – which also included HO drawings.

If you dig around a bit on the internet and books/publications you will see just how common these cars were. Its an area that has big gaps to fill. I am confident that ExactRail and other HO manufacturers will take notice.

Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers

January 29, 2019

Great choice, and I agree with Richard Wilcox that customers would love to see more variants of these 60’ cars. My suggestion is the Pullman- Standard car from 1971, on B&O and C&O in their class B-104. These were also in appliance service. Thank you for continuing to bring us these beautiful models !

Barry K
Barry K

January 29, 2019

When will pre-order be available and at what price?

Richard Wilcox
Richard Wilcox

January 29, 2019

In my comments on 1/23/2019 there was a typo concerning the RDG Berwick 60 foot Plate E door and one half boxcar – the class should have been listed as XLL not XXL. Sorry about that. Looking forward to the new items Exactrail will be bringing forth this year !!!

John Mock
John Mock

January 29, 2019

Thanks for doing the big box car in ICG and Conrail large can opener scheme! Awesome!

Roger Thomas
Roger Thomas

January 29, 2019

Nice cars, but a bit too old for me as decorated, since I am modeling 2019. But I would not be surprised that some of these cars are still rolling, with patched names and numbers, complete with reflecting stripes and graffiti. If you do a second run, think about what these cars will look like in 2010 and beyond and please decorate some for us modern guys.

Doug Stark
Doug Stark

January 29, 2019

Thank you for undecorated with this release! Please consider undec Big Johns and others if or when they are re-run!

Lonnie Bathurst
Lonnie Bathurst

January 29, 2019

Thank you for making this car. Many of us who like the IC family were thrilled a couple of years ago when you first brought up the discussion about this car. I’m looking forward to having several of them !!

Alan Meinholdt
Alan Meinholdt

January 29, 2019

Glad to see Rock Island cars. Those cars may sell very fast. Looks great!

Thomas Flemming
Thomas Flemming

January 29, 2019

Nice looking car, I may purchase 1 or 2, but how many more 60 ft auto boxcars do we need out there ? this type of car was more a pool boxcar i would think so seeing them around the states probably did not happen very much, a general service type car would been a nicer release. Great for Eastern modelers and Auto modelers, but This car probably was limited where they traveled on the rails. more on pool runs

Dick Dawson
Dick Dawson

January 29, 2019

I too am glad to see a model of this car. It looks very good in the photographs. I wrote the Penn Central specification to which this car was designed and represented PC at the sample car inspection. This car was intended to supplement the 270 X64 and 79 X64A appliance cars designed and built by the PC. I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t point out that, even though they were not built for any other roads, the X64s were the largest group of 60’ appliance cars by a significant margin.

Richard Wilcox
Richard Wilcox

January 23, 2019

Very pleased to see another 60 ft boxcar design from ExactRail !!! I will be ordering several when they become available. I hope that you will be doing more HO 60 ft auto parts boxcar models from the 1960’s and early 1970’s.The significant designs that are missing are: PRR X61/PC X62/PC – Pullman designed X82 and NYC Despatch Shops Lot 985-B. Are you aware that with some adjustment to the tooling for the new Berwick boxcar that you are producing – that both PC class X76 Plate E 60 foot door and one half and RDG class XXL Plate E Door and one half boxcars can be produced? Also,when is a model manufacturer going to pick the ball and produce an excellent model of a 4 door and/or 8 door model of an 86 foot HiCube auto parts boxcar? Hope ExactRail will seriously consider these suggestions. Keep up the great work !!!

Sonny Ketcham
Sonny Ketcham

January 23, 2019

Thanks fir producing a new car in I
CG. Please continue to offer roadnames in IC, ICG, GM&O, as well as all southern toads. Do well.

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