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N X72 Box Car

Prototype Information
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 Supe-rior 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.
Model Information
  • Crisp painting and printing
  • Durable body
  • Free rolling trucks
  • Detailed brakewheel
  • knuckle couplers


Road Name Road # Image MSRP Our $ Part #
Undecorated none $18.95 $15.16 ATL-50 005 231
Penn Central 229040 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 232
229101 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 233
229124 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 234
Conrail 269881 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 235
269909 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 236
269962 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 237
Conrail 269198 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 238
Canadian National 416260 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 239
416243 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 240
416381 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 241
Western Pacific 4055 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 242
4057 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 243
4058 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 244
York Rail 5050 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 245
5051 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 246
5085 $23.95 $19.16 ATL-50 005 247
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