In 1972, the Penn Central and Western Pacific placed an order for smooth-sided box cars from US Railroad Manufacturing
(Evans), located in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago deep in railroad roots. The PC’s large order of 574
cars would become the “X72” design, which featured smooth, welded sides and commonly featured a large 6-panel Superior
door. One of the purposes of this 10’ high door was so forklifts could easily operate in and out of the car. The following
year PC placed another order for 500 X72A box cars, which were of a slightly larger design. Together, these cars served in
general purpose service, making them a popular and commonly seen car all across the North American railroad system.
After PC’s demise in the late 70’s, the cars were absorbed by Conrail, and continued plying the rails well into the 1990’s.
Towards the latter part of that decade, Conrail would sell off most of their X72/72A fleet to Canadian National, short lines,
or scrappers. By the early to mid 2000’s era, the majority of the X72 box cars had been phased out of service, but there
are still a few examples that continue to roll along in Mexico and South America. The X72 and X72A were important cars
during the late PC and Conrail eras and wore many paint variations right up until the end of their service lives. One of the
most famous schemes this car might have worn was Conrail’s “Buy And Hold US Savings Bonds” scheme, complete with red
white and blue stars clustered over the door. Because of the vast network of cars Conrail owned, a few cars escaped the
paint booth and continued to roll in PC green for many years. Whether your train only needs a few or a large block on a
manifest, headed back to the warehouse, the X72 will look great in any of the schemes Atlas has to offer.
MASTER MODEL FEATURES:
• Crisp painting and printing
• Durable body
• Free rolling trucks
• Detailed brakewheel
• Knuckle couplers