Resin Car Works introduced a Santa Fe Whalebelly automobile boxcar kit at the recent RPM Chicagoland. Kit details have been posted to our website. Kit instructions can be accessed through the kit Extras page linked with the kit details.
We currently do not have any of these kits ready to ship. More castings are coming! We have all the other parts and decals ready to pack.
The Santa Fe rebuilt more boxcars than any other railroad. They reconstructed 50-foot wood-framed furniture/auto cars that were originally built in 1906-1912 years. The original cars had four massive sills and were transformed into all-steel auto and general service cars.
Beginning in 1936, the rebuilding program created eleven classes of 50-foot double-door steel cars, the Fe-6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, and 20 for a total of 1,249 cars. These distinctive AT&SF 50-foot rebuilds played a key role in making the line competitive in the automobile industry hauling from the Midwest to assembly plants in California and Texas.
We will announce kit availability on these Santa Fe Whalebelly automobile boxcar kits soon!
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