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“Alternating Center Rivet” (or “ACR”). Fans of freight cars have used these
terms to describe boxcars built with a unique side construction. Because
these cars were built using thinner side sheeting to save unladen weight, they
required additional support posts behind the sides requiring an additional
row of rivets down the middle of each side panel. These added vertical rows
of rivets were generally spaced twice as far as the rivets along the panel
edges, giving an alternating pattern and a unique appearance.
The railroad which had the most boxcars built with lightweight “ACR”
construction was the Union Pacific. In the years just before and immediately
following World War II the UP built numerous classes of forty- and fifty-foot
boxcars using this lightweight design. The postwar cars make up a particularly
interesting group for historians and modelers. They span a period when
standard boxcar ends and roofs were undergoing design changes, as were
the UP’s paint and lettering practices, creating interesting variations from
one group to the next.
Rapido Trains is proud to release a series of these postwar Union Pacific
“ACR” 40’ boxcars in classes B-50-39, -41 and -42. Featuring all-new tooling
developed with the aid of UP freight car experts, this is the first time that
these important classes have been available in HO plastic. Each group of
cars offers unique components and/or lettering that showcases the changes
that occurred on the prototypes over just a few years. Rapido has designed
two styles of roof, two styles of end, four styles of brake wheel (with the
correct corresponding housings) and two varieties of etched metal running
board and brake platform.
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