Request for information!

We have in our portfolio of freight cars molds a car that, as of the this post, remains unannounced and unreleased.  This car presents a challenge for us.  We have the molds, but we lack a well developed data package for the creation in accurate paint schemes.

At this point, we feel like we need to broaden our search for data.

ExactRail is producing the Berwick 7440 Boxcar.  For Penn Central fans, this is the X77.  

This is not an announcement.  It is more like an attempt to part the curtain and crowd-source information.  If you have any pictures, paint diagrams, or other information with this car, please feel free to share it with me directly at:

blaine@exactrail.com

We hope to make this an actual announcement sometime during the 2017 year.

Happy railroading!

Blaine Hadfield

 

 

 


23 Responses

Walt Donovan
Walt Donovan

January 13, 2017

:
Blaine,
I didn’t read all of the comments so if this suggestion has been covered I apologize.
I found this link; http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/node/9259 which has many photos but one in particular in the Penn Central green. I hope this helps and thank you so much, anxiously awaiting for my first purchase to arrive.
Walt

Paul Berkebile
Paul Berkebile

December 18, 2016

I also would encourage you to contact the Penn Central Railroad Historical Society. I am a member and I know the society would be happy to share any information they have with you. Craig Zeni is the Model Committee Chairman. You can leave a message at http://www.pcrrhs.org/contact/Model-Manufacturer-Assistance I’ll be looking forward to an X77!

Lonnie Bathrst
Lonnie Bathrst

December 13, 2016

Blaine
Fallen Flags shows the first orange scheme and the Death Star. The other orange scheme is in your hands now as well. I’m sure the IC family would love ALL three schemes. IF Loren is correct about the door, that would be a relatively easy fix. Especially when considering the only 60’ IC family model that I recall being offered thus far is the IterMountain offering of an entirely different car. Thrall had an IC version that "could be done " in others roads as well. So… HERE is only the second opportunity to offer a 60’ IC car and have it in several popular roads as well. “Let us all know when we can place large advance orders” ?
Lonnie

Lonnie Bathurst
Lonnie Bathurst

December 06, 2016

Blaine – I’ve talking with Tom Mann who – like Mike Budde and Loren Casey, we think this car could be used for the IC box they mentioned. I think Tom has corresponded with you. Tom and I have pictures we shot of that car in Carbondale and later on a three day train / road trip on the City of New Orleans – WAY down south several years ago. Between us ,we have both orange schemes. Mike Budd made a great model of two ICG and at least one PC. I just found a Death Star version on Fallen Flags of it as well. what about Rock Island and all the versions after that? What a great model of a 60’ that has some good opportunities…..Lonnie Bathurst – Litchfield, Illinois

todd lewis
todd lewis

November 27, 2016

I believe i may have a photo of one or two of these in chessie system C&O paint. I will have to check photos. They may also be in the chessie system guide to freight and passenger cars

Andrew
Andrew

November 21, 2016

Yes to a McCloud caboose!

Mark Wooten
Mark Wooten

November 21, 2016

I was wondering when you guys are going to re-release the TTX depressed flat car again? Also the Gunderson TTX 60’ box car?

Frank Konopka
Frank Konopka

November 20, 2016

HI WITH ALL THE >HO< FRIEGHT CARS MADE LIKE TO SEE F-38 HEAVY DUTY FLATCAR
THEY HAVE >>4<< TRUCK BOILSTERS 3 AXLE BUCKLEYE TRUCKS UNDER FLATCAR TO CARRY LOADS
THESE WERE PRODUCED EASTERN CAR WORKS KIT FORM BUT HAD ISSUES DERAILING ETC>?
BRASS ONE ’s OUT OF SIGHT PRICES & MODELERS CANT AFFORD THEM
>>>SO BEING YOU GREATEST MODELS YOU MAKE & I BUY THEM
PLEASE TRY TO MAKE THE F_38 FLATCAR SHOULD SELLLIKE HOT CAKES
CHECK INTERNET TO SEE WHAY THEY >LOOK LIKE D&H HAH ONE CHECK BRIDGE LINE HISTORICAL WEB PAGE I OTHER ROADS HAD THEM
PLEASE >HO< GUAGE
THANKS AGAIN
FRANK KONOPKA P.S. WE NEED THERE TO CARY HEAVY LODES TO SHIP ON OUR LAYOUT & OTHERS WOULD LIKE THEM ALSO

ian clasper
ian clasper

November 20, 2016

Per Eric Neubaur’s eBook on Berwick cars, there were only two batches of 7440 cuft cars, as you state the X77 and a small batch of near identical 15 cars for RI (looks like an add on to the PC batch). The 130 PC cars have been handed down numerous times, PC > CR > NYC. One is even noted as BAEX. 8 of the RI cars went to C&O.

Loren Casey
Loren Casey

November 20, 2016

Blaine,

Not sure if it can be modified to make an accurate model, but you could also use this to make a close sibling to this car.

ICG bought 20 Berwick 7431 cube single door cars in 73 Biggest difference I can see so far is that the ICG cars had a 10 foot door. series number 660213-232 There is a pic in the morning sun book Jim Kinkaid did for IC/GMO/ICG If you don’t have that pub, let me know and I’ll try to scan the pic they have for it. Was gonna modify one of my double door Athearn Berwicks, but this car would be abetter starting point.

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

November 20, 2016

I would love to see a model of the Evans 3785 Covered Hopper lettered and painted for OKKT (Oklahoma Kansas Texas), a Subsidiary of the Missouri Kansas Texas (MKT). Modelers would go crazy for these cars, which could be found all over the Midwest and down in Texas. There were 100 of these cars produced in 1981. Like the MKT cars you did, these cars are John Deere Green.

I have painted and lettered two OKKT cars for my layout. But, like the next guy, I could always use more!

Kevin

Richard Wilcox
Richard Wilcox

November 20, 2016

Nice to see Penn Central a class X77 60 ft boxcar design being considered for production. Penn Central rostered a large fleet of both 60 ft & 86 ft Boxcars mainly for autoparts and appliance service. It appears to me that class X77 was built by Berwick, but not sure? 60 ft AutoParts Boxcar designs from the 1960/1970’s from ACF/Pullman Standard/Thrall/NYC Despatch Shops/C&O Raceland Shops/PRR&PC Hollidaysburg Shops are few and far between in HO scale despite the fact they were common sights until the mid/late 1990’s early 2000’s. Hope to see Exactrail fill the void in this area. :o) RW

Tim Garland
Tim Garland

November 20, 2016

I would love to see some modern jumbo plastic pellet covered hoppers made. There are thousands of these cars roaming the US but the only thing offered in HO scale is some older smaller cubic capacity cars.

Something else that would be absolutely amazing would be to produce a car with scale wheels, scale couplers, uncoupling levers, etched metal parts and magnetic air hoses.

Mike Budde
Mike Budde

November 20, 2016

ICG also had these cars. 660213-660232. Info on page 123 of the IC/GM&O Color Guide by Jim Kinkaid.

Dick Dawson
Dick Dawson

November 20, 2016

I worked for the Penn Central Equipment Engineering department at the time these cars were built and believe that I attended the sample car inspection in Berwick. Assuming that some of these cars made it to CSX and the NS after the Conrail split-up, I may be able to access some drawings for the cars. If all you want is the Penn Central stenciling diagram, they may not have been saved.

I also worked for Berwick Forge for the last 7 years of its existence and can confirm that there is virtually no way to access original BFF drawings (except for the bathtub coal cars, for which I personally hold the tracings).

David Osborne
David Osborne

November 20, 2016

Are you planning on releasing another run of the On Track for a Cure hopper?

Don DeLay
Don DeLay

November 20, 2016

Do you have a number series for these cars?

Patrick Harris
Patrick Harris

November 20, 2016

You should get in touch with the PCRHS: http://www.pcrrhs.org and CRHS: http://www.thecrhs.org

It would also be nice if people would just respond to Exactrail’s request instead of posting unrelated questions and requests.

Mike Harris
Mike Harris

November 20, 2016

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=90383

Close, but not exact number range.

John Kilbride
John Kilbride

November 20, 2016

Reach out to the PCHS….. They pride themselves on accurate HO releases….

Matthew Shuman
Matthew Shuman

November 20, 2016

Hello Blaine.

I was wondering if ExactRail is ever going to produce the McCloud 101 caboose that I met you on in June 2012? I have been looking for it on your site. Thank you.

Matthew Shuman – Redding California

dan dillard
dan dillard

November 20, 2016

Please do a N-scale version of the plywood side woodchip cars that you did in HO a few years back. I would buy at least a dozen SP, GN, BN, MRL….

Ed Lewis
Ed Lewis

November 20, 2016

Blaine i have a few personal resources i will check with the crhs as well

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