40' Boxcars

Although not a major part of Conrail's freight car fleet, some 40' cars from predecessor roads did soldier on in revenue service into the 1980s.

CR 101785

CR 101785 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex EL 74778.

CR 131784

CR 131784 ex Erie Lackawanna 40' boxcar photographed on 11-10-1978. Car was painted out by Fort Wayne car shop in September 1976 (P441 9-76). A photo of a rare 40' sliding door boxcar with revenue service CR markings. Car is ex EL 55689.

CR 133120 - Class X46

CR 133120 is seen at Altoona, PA, sometime after 8/1979. Car is ex PRR 87205.

CR 133325 - Class X46

CR 133325 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex PRR 87570.

CR 352399 - Class X54A

(Color is off due to original slide being red-shifted)

CR 356509 - Class X54A

(Color is off due to original slide being red-shifted)

CR 356515 - Class X54A

(Color is off due to original slide being red-shifted)

CR 356516 - Class X54A

(Color is off due to original slide being red-shifted)

CR 356540- Class X54A

CR 356540 is seen here in January 1977. CR 356540 ex PC 356540 from PRR series 19400-19499. The X54A class was built in early 1960, the final group of 40' cars constructed by the PRR. This late batch of 40' cars could have been meant to entice shippers with older plants and 40' door-spacing to retain rail service if they could be serviced with new equipment.

CR 77562 - 40' Boxcar

CR 40' boxcar 77562 rests behind whitelined PC RS-11 and S-2 9763 at Morrisville yard in March, 1978.

EL 40' boxes being used as storage sheds

Several ex EL 40' boxcars are seen being used as storage sheds at Philadelphia, PA on 6/5/98.

EL 82875 40 ft "XF" boxcar 03-77

The era of the 40 foot boxcar wasn't quite dead on April 1st, 1976, and the new Conrail used many of them in those first few years. The writing was on the wall for these steam era freight cars though, and by 1980 most were off the roster or in MofW service. This Erie Lackawanna car was in pretty good shape this March 1977 day, and it's "XF" lettering is a clue it had interior lining for food service. Many of these EL cars were used to haul bagged flour out of Buffalo. Few if any 40 footers received a full Conrail paint job.

EL 90373

EL 90373 is seen along with CR 78045 awaiting to be scrapped at Altoona, PA on 8/14/98.

LV 40' Boxcars Bethlehem, PA 12/17/1988

Former LV 40' Boxcars used for maintenance, etc. at the Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1988.

LV Boxcar Enola, PA 5-27-1979

A zoom shot of CR SD45 6195 at Enola in May, 1979 revealed a prize LV 40' boxcar in the background. Prices of Kodachrome film and processing in the late '70's prevented me from taking shots of all the rare rolling stock that now is long gone.

PC & EL 40' boxes being used as storage sheds

Several 40' boxcars, of PC & EL heritage, are seen being used as storage sheds at Philadelphia, PA on 6/5/98.

PRR 19103-Class X54

PRR 19103 is seen at Conrail's Midvale Yard in Philadelphia, PA on 5/31/97. Car was built 1-60 and was deleted 7/26/95 by CR. Car was later donated to the Railroad Museum of PA located in Strasburg, PA where the car was beautifully restored.

PRR 19103-Class X54

PRR 19103 is seen at Conrail's Midvale Yard in Philadelphia, PA on 5/31/97. Car was built 1-60 and was deleted 7/26/95 by CR. Car was later donated to the Railroad Museum of PA located in Strasburg, PA where the car was beautifully restored.

PRR 29180-Class X29D

PRR 29180 is seen in Rose Yard in Altoona PA on 10/5/97. Car was built 5-29 and is wearing paint that was applied P62 8-63.

PRR 4829-Class X29

PRR 4829 is seen at Altoona, PA on 6/15/96. Car was built 12-29 and was deleted 9/22/01.

PRR 71239-Class X43C

PRR 71239 is seen in Rose Yard in Altoona PA on 10/5/97. Car was built 9-51 and is wearing paint that was applied P62 11-65.

PRR 71239-Class X43C

PRR 71239 is seen at Altoona, PA on 6/7/97. Car was built 9-51.

PRR 87243 - 40' Boxcar

With ancient PRR 40' boxcar 87243 behind, ex-PC FP-7 4369 and F-7A 1729 wait for assignment at Conway yard in August, 1977.

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