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USRA Double Sheathed Box
Double Sheathed Box Car - Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Road#7332
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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USRA Double Sheathed Box Car
Company: Elgin, Joliet & Eastern
Reporting Marks: EJ&E
Item: 45758
MSRP: $20.95 (Undecorated $14.95)

This highly detailed model is based on the USRA double sheathed box car.

    The original USRA (United States Railway Administration) design box cars date from World War I when car designs began to be standardized. The double sheathed version was the first widely accepted 40-foot steel underframe box cars placed in service. Some 24,500 cars were delivered to 24 different railroads throughout the country.*

Atlas N USRA Double Sheathed Box Car

Atlas packs this 1/160 N scale model with a lot of detail, featuring:

    • 5-5-5 or 7-8 steel ends
    • Fishbelly or standard center sill
    • Vertical or end mounted brakes
    • Steel or wood doors
    • AccuMate® knuckle couplers

You may notice the model looks warped. This is distortion of the small model under close-up photography.

Atlas securely packs this model in a formed cradle with a fitted top. Plastic film protects the model from scuffing; the cradle is held inside a hard clear plastic jewel case that both protects and displays the model.

Your 40' double sheathed box car is molded to a high standard. Impressive fine wood grain texture, brackets, fittings, latches, and gussets are molded on the sides. Sure, you can't really see wood grain on a car from an N-scale distance, yet the detail is appreciated. Each end is a steel Murphy 5/5/5. The roof is a flat seam type.

What else does the model offer? Finely molded hardware detail for the doors and sides, ladders and stirrups, opening doors, and a small separately applied hand brake wheel. The entire model is cleanly molded: no flash, no sink holes, no ejector marks, and no seam lines. The 40-ton Andrews trucks have good detail for the scale and the wheel sets, while plastic, are molded a dirty brown color. They are compatible with code 55 track. Knuckle couplers by AccuMate® are a big plus.

Plenty. First, the wood grain. Next, the sliding doors -- be careful with these because they are snug and slide with difficulty. Don't scratch the paint!

A separate running board is attached to the roof.

Look the the photos of the underframe. Plenty of brake system detail including triple valve, reservoir, cylinder, actuator arm and levers, and wire brake rods.

The model rolls nicely on Atlas code 80 track and across a Peco turnout. This box car measures 41 scale feet from end to end. It weighs 1 ounce, a skosh more than the recommended NMRA RP-2O.1 Car Weight of .95 oz.

Paint and Livery
Today's standard of finish is very high and Atlas N keeps the bar raised high. I find it incredible just how legible the fine, crisp printing is! Dimensional data, road names and numbers, service markings--you can read it all.

This box car is marked for Elgin, Joliet & Eastern, with reporting marks EJ&E. It was part of the Chicago Outer Belt Line, as proclaimed by the car herald.

Atlas offers this model in eight roadnames and liveries -- and a limited edition:

    1. Boston & Maine (Brown/White)
    2. Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (Brown/White)
    3. Great Northern (Brown/Black/White)
    4. Missouri Pacific (Brown/White)
    5. Wabash (Brown/White)
    6. Undecorated (5-5-5 End)
    7. Undecorated (7-8 End)
    8. Limited Edition :General Equipment Trust (Brown/White)

Except for the limited edition, each has two road numbers (listed on the Atlas site).

For N-scalers of the USRA era, this is an excellent little model! I am impressed with the paint and markings. The knuckle couplers are great, as is the brake detail. Overall molded detail is very good with nice wood grain. Although metal wheels would raise the cost of the model, the plastic wheels are a disappointment; at least they are molded in color.

Overall, I think this is a great model.

Our Thanks to Atlas Model Railroad! Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RailRoadModeling.

AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.

*Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc.
Highs: Excellent paint and printing. Sharp clean molding, knuckle couplers, brake detail, and positionable doors.
Lows: Plastic wheels.
Verdict: A necessary addition to your USRA era N scale layout.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: N Scale
  Mfg. ID: 45758
  Suggested Retail: $20.95
  Related Link: Double Sheathed Box Car - Elgin, Joliet & Eastern
  PUBLISHED: Aug 24, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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