in August, 2005, the converted Troop Kitchen cars were not owned by the ATSF,
but were seen in consists of trains like the Fast Mail, Grand Canyon, California
Limited, and Express Extras. The CB&Q version is documented on the Santa
Fe #3 & #7 (932-4182).
CB&Q had 300 of these express box cars.
best book for information on the cars is the Railway Prototype Cyclopedia 5
for the original cars in troop service with a few photos of express conversion
As with other recent Walther's
productions, wire grabirons are included for the modeler to drill and install
and decals are included for car numbers. Underbody details are limited.
best website for information on these cars is that of Cannonball
which has made flat kits of this car for several years, and which for some
versions is the only route to take. Not every railroad converted the sleepers
the same (window sheathing, inside vs. outside doors, door widths, vents), so
prototype modeler beware. The NYC and REX versions were common on the ATSF and
others may have appeared from time to time. For some reason the above website
omits the REX cars which included 100 express box and 275 express reefers. With
several variations of doors, roofs, and paint schemes, Walthers may be producing
these for some time.
size side view
and input to Steve Sandifer.