Diesel Era Freight Car Classics

PS-1 Combination Door 40-foot Boxcar

Northern Pacific 3233 is shown in a Burlington Northern freight train at Vancouver, Wash., on October 20, 1973. – Ed Austin photo, David Lehlbach collection

PS-1 Combination Door 40-foot Boxcar

A reoccurring feature in Diesel Era, “Freight Car Classics” is included in the Second Quarter 2021 edition. You’ll see three examples of Pullman-Standard’s (PS) 40-foot boxcar from three different railroads: The Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific, and Union Pacific.

The cars are all similar, but each includes unique attributes. The inclusion of a sliding door with plug door allowed for easier loading of lumber products in the Pacific Northwest by providing a wider opening in the boxcar. This interesting late 1950s and early 1960s PS-1 variant is the subject of a new HO-scale replica from Tangent Scale Models and is featured with a review in July 2021’s Model Railroad News.

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