During the 1960s, the most radical freight car designs employed the extreme height clearances offered by Plate F car designs. In 1964, no car type articulated this extreme more than the 86-foot, purpose-built "Auto Parts" boxcars. These large boxcars became fixtures on the rails all over North American mainlines, riding hot trains to deliver components vital to the productivity of auto plants. While several car builders offered 86' auto parts boxcars, the most prolific builder of the double plug door design was Greenville Steel Car Company of Greenville PA. More than 4,400 of these cars were acquired by most major railroads, and they were assigned to pools where multiple railroad's cars served a specific shipper or shippers. Original utilization of these cars was for Ford, Pontiac, and Chrysler, as well as deliveries from 3rd party parts suppliers to the auto plants. Greenville's 1964-1978 production was the longest run for this car type, with many still in service today.
Norfolk Southern (NW) B20 Repaint 1989+ offers one of our most requested schemes for this boxcar, a Norfolk Southern option. These cars were painted in NS brown paint in 1989 complete with the NS logo stenciling in white. This 1965-built Greenville group features accurate Center-of-Car Cushioning details, a Hydra-Cushion cylinder and truck mounted brake hardware. The B20 class rides on 70-Ton Barber S-2A Roller Bearing Trucks, with 33" wheels and accurate rotating "Timken" roller bearing caps. As a reminder, N&W was the largest original purchaser of Greenville 86' auto parts boxcars from multiple eras, and these cars literally went everywhere.
Body shells with or without overlapping side panels
EOCC (end of car cushioning) or COCC (center of car cushioning) "near scale" draft gear variations with genuine Kadee scale couplers Separate flexible rubber air hoses
Roofs with running board supports remaining in place (1965+ appearance since the running boards were gone by 1966) and roofs without running board supports (1965+ Greenville production)
Under car brake system variations
"See through" etched metal end crossover platforms in three possible options: Gypsum, Apex, or Morton
Side tack board types/sizes and locations
Seven prototypically-accurate brake stands (Ajax, Universal, Equipco, Miner 6600, Champion-Peacock, Elcon-National, Peacock 850)
Two possible handbrake "brake wheel" options
Optional 3rd door arm hinge parts to be configured one of three ways
Two brand new truck sideframes: 70-Ton Barber S-2A Roller Bearing Truck or a 100-Ton "Low Profile" Barber S-2-C Roller Bearing Truck 33" or 36" wheels, as applicable to each model
Two brand new truck brake beam part options
Three brand new "rotating" roller bearing truck cap options