Perma-Bilt Box Cars, Single Door

Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:(undecorated)
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
A 1950s kit that Ed just finished building (no decals applied yet). The kit came as one of those metal kits but no paint on ends, roof, or sides. Some parts were missing too. Ed added NE wire grab irons to replace staples supplied, as well as other parts. After super-detailing the underframe, Ed installed American Models trucks, and Kadee #808 couplers with blackened handles. The model was painted with Dupli-Color filler primed, another boxcar color.
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model owned by Edwin Kirstatter
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:(undecorated)
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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model owned by Steve Elliott
photo © Steve Elliott
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:466360
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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model owned by Jace Kahn
photo © Jace Kahn
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:Canadian National Railways (CNR)
Road Number:259209
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Pressed steel sides, ends, and roof and ladders. For the CNR, the road number is not accurate. Note that there was a version that had silver sides with black lettering.
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Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:Chicago & North Western (CNW)
Road Number:66908
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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model owned by Steve Elliott
photo © Steve Elliott
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:General American (GAEX)
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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model owned by Jace Kahn
photo © Jace Kahn
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Road Number:174309
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
In the 1950s, Perma Bilt manufactured the "Cadillac" of house-car kits. These consisted of a wood framework (floor, two roof strips, end blocks, spacer blocks) over which embossed steel sides, ends, roof, and roof walk were applied. Although undecorated kits were available, most (like the one illustrated) came with an amazingly large selection of pre-painted/lettered sides. Some also had pre-painted doors (e.g., State of Maine boxcar). Also included: Steel center sill; cast soft-metal brake components.
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model owned by Dick Karnes
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Road Number:900056
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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model owned by Ron Kemp
photo © Ron Kemp
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Era:1940
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
The kit was of the usual stamped metal parts placed around a wooden box, with detail parts added. The outside bracing is very shallow, and has rivet impressions beside them. This does not represent a composite wood car. The underframe has the minimum of detail parts applied. The stamped sides were painted and lettered, but not numbered. The numbers were put on using decals so as to get many selection of numbers. This old model still has the HO-scale Kadee ramp-operated couplers from before they invented the magnetically-operated ones. It has, however, been upgraded with American Models sprung Bettendorf type of trucks.
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model owned by Jack Sudimak
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Perma-Bilt
Category:Box Cars, Single Door
Road Name:Seaboard
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre

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