7000-Series 36-foot Box Cars

The Rutland 7000-series 36-foot box cars was patterned off a New York Central design in 1912. An order was placed to American Car & Foundry (ACF) for 500 cars, which were built at it’s Madison, Illinois plant.

The cars were 36’0″ long inside, 8’4″ high and 8’6″ wide with a volume capacity of 2550 cubic feet. The car capacity was 40 tons. Eaves were 12’8″ above the rail, running boards at 13’5″, and the brake staff was 14’0″ from the rail.

Double-sheathed wood construction, with fishbelly steel frames and wooden ends.

Two different roofs were used on the order. 7000-7249 used the Murphy XLA roof, while 7250-7499 received the Hutchins Type-D roof.

As-built, the cars were equipped with Andrews trucks from ACF, with some cars being upgraded later to Bettendorf cast trucks.

31 of the 500 cars were wrecked on the Rutland or other railroads. Only one car, 7081, was rebuilt. It had 7-7 steel Murphy ends.

27 cars were converted to work service on the Rutland. 29 cars were sold in March 1942 to the Norwood & St. Lawrence Railroad, possibly converted to pulpwood flat cars for that line. 12 were sold to the United States War Department in August 1942 and last tracked to a military base in Texas.

Cars started being retired by the Rutland in 1940 due to age or state-of-repair. The last of the cars were struck from revenue use in August 1954.

Wrecked Cars:

Number Date Railroad
7081* 9-23-13 Interstate
7262 12-2-16 GN
7480 12-12-17 SP
7099 6-10-18 MP
7482 10-4-18 PRR
7228 10-12-18 SOO
7469 11-13-18 SOO
7240 9-23-19 MP
7029 11-10-21 Erie
7273 3-25-23 B&M
7473 10-1-23 ATSF
7075 2-4-25 BR&P
7335 12-5-25 WM
7004 7-15-27 D&H
7409 5-1-30 RUT (Lisbon NY)
7062 10-31-34 NH
7414 6-24-37 B&M
7012 11-6-37 Alton
7248 3-24-38 NYC
7140 6-28-41 NYC
7147 7-26-41 Pere Marquette
7410 12-16-41 B&M
7087 9-27-43 NYC
7026 8-4-44 Erie
7493 12-31-44 PRR
7299 6-28-45 PRR
7321 10-10-45 MP
7097 11-7-45 C&NW
7125 4-18-46 CP
7453 4-8-48 PRR

*car rebuilt at Haskett & Barker with steel ends.

Number of Cars Retired by Year:

1940 26 1948 21
1941 21 1949 None
1942 86 1950 29
1943 None 1951 None
1944 1 1952 33
1945 65 1953 2
1946 103 1954 2
1947 17

Cars Converted to Work Service:

7258 to X239 5-5-43
7371 to X241 4-19-51
7067 to X242 4-19-51
7021 to X276 6-23-42
7170 to X277 6-25-42
7038 to X278 10-31-42
7499 to X279 5-44
7009 to X280 11-30-44
7036 to X281 11-30-44
7041 to X282 11-30-44
7057 to X283 11-30-44
7061 to X284 11-30-44
7073 to X285 11-30-44
7103 to X286 11-30-44
7138 to X287 11-30-44
7211 to X288 11-30-44
7242 to X290 11-30-44
7244 to X291 11-30-44
7272 to X292 11-30-44
7302 to X293 11-30-44
7346 to X294 11-30-44
7368 to X295 11-30-44
7447 to X296 11-30-44
7056 to X296 3-13-50 (replacement?)
7457 to X297 11-30-44
7463 to X298 11-30-44
7413 to X550 10-31-42

Cars sold to Norwood & St. Lawrence RR:

7022, 7051, 7066, 7104, 7105, 7151, 7193, 7200, 7207, 7212, 7241, 7251, 7253, 7254, 7265, 7279, 7337, 7394, 7396, 7402, 7404, 7406, 7408, 7420, 7432, 7438, 7440, 7464

Cars sold to US Military:

7027, 7047, 7274, 7261, 7312, 7323, 7341, 7372, 7399, 7449, 7467, 7468

How to model:

In HO-Scale, two options are available. Funaro & Camerlengo offers a resin-kit. Accurail has announced (November 2015) a plastic kit.

Resources/Credits:

The Newsliner – Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2000 article by Jeff English