Vintage N Scale B&M Rolling Stock #3
Minitrix (Roco) 40’ Single Sheathed Box Car–
Here it is, the other Minitrix B&M box car to bear the road number 70056. You might recall that Minitrix also made a B&M PS-1 (-ish) 40 foot steel box car with the very same road number. You might also recall that the road number 70056 belonged to a group of B&M ACF double sheathed box cars, not either of the two cars Minitrix applied that number to. This car appears to be a model of some sort of USRA standardized car, which we might assume was rebuilt due to steel doors and roof. However, B&M apparently bought its singled sheathed box cars during the 1930s and early 1940s so perhaps they would have been built this way from the very beginning. Interestingly, many much more detailed modern N scale single sheathed cars are more or less similar to this primitive attempt in overall appearance. What we can say is that it is not likely that the B&M ever “blue dipped” a single sheathed wood box car, and the road number would still not be correct for this type of car at any rate.
Though not certain, I would guess I probably paid less than $9.00 for this car delivered to my door, so this is another car that isn’t particularly rare. Again, this car is “blue-dipped” and the B&M herald is all white. Since I couldn’t locate any photos of a “blue dipped” single sheathed box car, I can’t really say whether heralds and markings are in the correct locations, although my guess would be that everything about this car is a complete fudge. Like the Minitrix PS-1 style car, no North-Eastern railroad would be complete without 40’ single sheathed box cars so this car would have provided much needed rolling stock for operations back in the day.
Although the detail on this car is pretty poor by today’s standards I think it holds up well given the time it was made. Along with the Atlas 40’ single sheathed car I discussed earlier, I think this car looks pretty good on a Rapido equipped train.
As I mentioned earlier, this car appears to be some form of USRA clone. B&M owned single sheathed cars with road numbers in the following groups: 71000-71953, 71975-71995 (1), and 72000-72999.
(1) The cars in this group were assigned to Mystic Terminal Company (MTC).