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    Looking for some information regarding when high cubes came into use.
    I have an undecorated 50' and would like to use it on my layout. I know the 40' cars came into service in the mid 60's but I am struggling to find info on the 50'.
    I see that the CB&Q used 40 foot cars but not much evidence of anything bigger from what I can find.
    I can of course paint it to any railroad I need to but I am more concerned on the dates these came into service as to not look out of place behind CB&Q locos.

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    Could you post a photo of the model? I'm not aware of any prototype 50-foot hi-cube cars.

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    A few listed on @Spookshow's site, with the usual details about when the prototype came out: http://www.spookshow.net/freight/freight.php?box=3&rtr=16&plastic=18&sort1=3&sort2= 2&sort3=4&compress=1&Submit=Submit
    Ctrl-F search for "cube" in your browser.

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    The 40' high cubes were made specifically for appliance loading. Greater inside height allowed going up another layer height wise, and they were 40' long because they could fill them out without exceeding the 70 ton load limit. Tangent Scale Models has a good page on these cars. https://www.tangentscalemodels.com/p...cube-boxcar-2/

    Just looking around, they seem to have jumped from 40' to 60' without stopping at 50'. According to Micro Trains, the 60' cars were introduced in 1979. I couldn't find much on the 50 footers either.
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    I'm looking in my Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER) for 1974, so this is the BN era. I've found the following

    BN 376000-376199 50'7" long, 12'8" high (inside) labeled for pulpboard

    All the others with similar height were 60' long or more, mostly 86'.

    No idea about the heritage of these cars. The ORER doesn't include that information. There's no indication that there was any change in this series from the previous issue.
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    Maybe I am putting a little too much trust in the box the car is in. I should also measure it, make sure the dimensions are correct.

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    50' excess height boxcars were/are out there, for example:

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...aspx?id=117365

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/sho...aspx?id=375341

    Unfortunately I'm not much help with the original question though. I don't know when they came into use.

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    Guys, just check the Spookshow link. It lists models of Trinity, Gunderson, Evans, and NSC built prototypes and the years they were built. The website is one of the best online resources out there, use it!

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    From what I read on spookshow.net the car appears to have been a roundhouse kit, also not very accurate when it comes to prototype

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