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Builder's Photo

Builder's photo from Library and Archives Canada, Andrew Audubon Merrilees Collection, image PA-185953
Possible direct link to record (but scan of photo not posted)
(but I can't seem to find it anymore on their web site, to get the exact citation). Used with permission
Blank areas of the photo have been cropped to reduce file size.
Click on the image to view it in "full" resolution

B&M Classification Card(s)

For more info on the classification cards and "webitizing" them, see this web page

From 1942 class book.

Click on image to see original scan at full resolution (or right-click → "Save Picture As" to download black and white image, to view it at full resolution)

Specifications From Classification Cards

Specification Value
Builder Magor
Lot # 61
[From E Hawkins, et al. lot # is P9925]
[from The Magor Car Corporation, P-9925, joint order with MEC 6100-6499]
Car Numbers 73000-73199
Quantity 200
Build Date 1942
General Arrangement Magor A-13793
AAR class XM
Lt Weight 44,640 (average)
Roof Murphy Solid Steel
Ends Dreadnaught S. Ry. Eq. Co. [I believe the "original" design] (4 top 5 lower) Steel
Doors Youngstown w/ Camel fixtures
Ladders Wine [side and end]
Running Boards Wood [per The Magor Car Corporation]
Trucks Commonwealth Steel side frames
Springs AAR type "C-2" with Miner Class C-2-XB snubber
Journals 5" x 9" (80,000 lb. nominal capacity)
Journal Bearings & Wedges AAR
Journal Box Lids Davis Tor. Spring Type.
Side Bearings Stucki 656-C
Wheels 33" CI [Cast Iron?]
Center Plate AAR Standard contour
Body Side Bearings AAR plain
Body Side Bearing Brace Sym. Gould
Air Brake AB, 10" x 12" cylinder
Brake Gear Ajax - Step "TZ"
Center Sills AAR 12⅞ 36.21# Z
Coupler AAR type "E" 6¼" x 8" shank
Rot. Bottom Operated
Coupler Yoke AAR (CS) vertical
Uncoupler Rigging AAR Rotary S. Ry. Eq. Co.
Draft Gear Miner A-22-XB
Brake Beam AAR #3 (Davis)
Brake Beam Support Davis
Brake Beam Hangers Sch[aeffer?] Type B
Brake Beam Hanger Retainers "AZEE"
Brake Shoes AAR #2A
Brake Shoe Key Buffalo Master
Retaining Valve Anchor type K
Bottom Rod Schaeffer
Bottom Rod Support Davis
Levers Schaeffer
Brake Lever Badge Plate Buff[alo?]
Brake Pipe T anchor Wright
Retaining Valve Anchor "AZEE" type "K"
Defect Card Holder W. Ry. Eq. Co.

ORER data and numbers

ORER Size Data
Description 4/1942 10/1966
AAR Mechanical Designation XM XM
Inside
Dimensions
Length 40'-5" 40'-5"
Width 9'-2" 9'-2"
Height 10'-0" 10'-0"
Outside
Dimensions
Length 41'-9" 41'-9"
Width At Eaves or top of sides or platform 9'-11" 9'-11"
Extreme Width 10'-8" 10'-8"
Height
from
Rail
To Extreme Width 4'-5" 4'-5"
To Eaves or top of sides or platform 13'-5" 13'-5"
To Top of Running Board 14'-6"
To Extreme Height 14'-6" 14'-6"
Door - Side
opening
Width 6'-0" 6'-0"
Height 9'-4" 9'-4"
Capacity Cu Ft. Level Full 3686 3686
Pounds 80,000 80,000

AAR Car Type Code
4/1967 thru 7/1972 B100
10/1972 thru 4/1976
(end of original class)
B105

ORER History
ORER Date Original Series Derived cars
Car
Numbers
# of
Cars
Description Car
Numbers
# of
Cars
1942 - 04 73000-73199 200 Box, Steel
1942 - 07 (same)
1942 - 10 (same)
1943 - 01 (same)
1943 - 04 (same)
1943 - 07 (same)
1943 - 10 (same)
1944 - 01 " 199 "
1944 - 04 (same)
1944 - 07 (same)
1944 - 10 (same)
1945 - 01 (same)
1945 - 04 " 198 "
1945 - 07 (same)
1945 - 10 (same)
1946 - 01 (same)
1946 - 04 (same)
1946 - 07 (same)
1946 - 10 (same)
1947 - 01 (same)
1947 - 04 (same)
1947 - 07 (same)
1947 - 10 (same)
1948 - 01 (same)
1948 - 04 (same)
1948 - 07 (same)
1948 - 10 (same)
1949 - 01 (same)
1949 - 04 (same)
1949 - 07 (same)
1949 - 10 (same)
1950 - 01 (same)
1950 - 04 (same)
1950 - 07 (same)
1950 - 10 (same)
1951 - 01 (same)
1951 - 04 (same)
1951 - 07 (same)
1951 - 10 (same)
1952 - 01 (same)
1952 - 04 (same)
1952 - 07 " 197 "
1952 - 10 (same)
1953 - 01 (same)
1953 - 04 (same)
1953 - 07 (same)
1953 - 10 (same)
1954 - 01 (same)
1954 - 04 (same)
1954 - 07 (same)
1954 - 10 (same)
1955 - 01 (same)
1955 - 04 (same)
1955 - 07 (same)
1955 - 10 (same)
1956 - 01 " 196 "
1956 - 04 (same)
1956 - 07 (same)
1956 - 10 (same)
1957 - 01 (same)
1957 - 04 (same)
1957 - 07 (same)
1957 - 10 (same)
1958 - 01 (same)
1958 - 04 (same)
1958 - 07 (same)
1958 - 10 (same)
1959 - 01 (same)
1959 - 04 (same)
1959 - 07 " 195 "
1959 - 10 (same)
1960 - 01 (same)
1960 - 04 (same)
1960 - 07 " 194 "
1960 - 10 " 156 "
1961 - 01 " 148 "
1961 - 04 (same)
1961 - 07 (same)
1961 - 10 (same)
1962 - 01 (same)
1962 - 04 " 142 "
1962 - 07 (same)
1962 - 10 (same)
1963 - 01 (same)
1963 - 04 " 138 "
1963 - 07 " 137 "
1963 - 10 (same)
1964 - 01 (same)
1964 - 04 (same)
1964 - 07 " 134 " Box Steel, Note F
AAR Mech Desig "XP"
1964 - 10 " 106 " 67040-67067 28
1965 - 01 (same) "
1965 - 04 " 100 " "
1965 - 07 " 83 " "
1965 - 10 " 81 " "
1966 - 01 " 69 " "
1966 - 04 " 57 " "
1966 - 07 " 45 " "
1966 - 10 " 39 " "
1967 - 01 " 38 " " 27
1967 - 04 " 34 " "; Note changed to "C"
1967 - 07 " 29 " "
1967 - 10 " 24 " "
1968 - 01 " 22 " "
1968 - 04 " 18 " "
1968 - 07 (same) "
1968 - 10 " 15 " "
1969 - 01 (same) "
1969 - 04 " 14 " "
1969 - 07 " 12 " "
1969 - 10 (same) "
1970 - 01 (same) "
1970 - 04 " 9 " "
1970 - 07 " 8 " "
1970 - 10 (same) "
1971 - 01 " 7 " "
1971 - 04 (same) "
1971 - 07 (same) "
1971 - 10 (same) For some reason, the 67040 series
cars are NOT listed in these ORERs.
I don't know if this was just a
clerical mistake, or if the cars were
withdrawn from service, then, re-added.
(note that "Note C" also does not list
these cars during this period)
1972 - 01 (same)
1972 - 04 (same)
1972 - 07 (same)
1972 - 10 " 3 "
1973 - 01 (same)
1973 - 04 (same) " 12
1973 - 07 (same) ", but "Note C" removed
AAR Mech Desig "XM"
1973 - 11 " 2 " "
1974 - 01 (same) "
1974 - 04 (same) "
1974 - 07 (same) "
1974 - 10 (same) "
1975 - 01 (same) "
1975 - 04 (same) "
1975 - 07 (same) "
1975 - 10 (same) "
1976 - 01 (same) "
1976 - 04 (same) "
1976 - 07 Not listed " 9
1976 - 10 " 8
1977 - 01 "
1977 - 04 "
1977 - 07 "
1977 - 10 " 7
1978 - 01 " 2
1978 - 04 "
1978 - 07 "
1978 - 10 "
1979 - 01 "
1979 - 04 "
1979 - 07 "
1979 - 10 "
1980 - 01 "
1980 - 04 " 1
1980 - 07 67056 "
1980 - 10 "
1981 - 01 "
1981 - 04 Not listed

ORER Notes


ORER Note F (10/1964 - 1/1967)
ORER Note C (4/1967 - 7/1971)
ORER Note C (4/1973)

Cars in series 67000 to 67039 and 67040 to 67067 are equipped with 4 roof hatches for bulk grain loading

Discussion, General Notes

Car Book and/or Car Disposition Data

Car Books (1923-06 thru 1936-10, then 1944-05 thru 1960-03)

Volume number refers original book number
Part number refers to PDF file part as posted on B&MRRHS site
Page numbers refer to pages in PDF file(s) (L/R = Left or Right side of that PDF page)
Car Number(s) Vol PartPageDate Action Location New # Notes
73065 3 1 2L 1944-12-17 Destroyed on C&O
73088 5 2 9L 1960-02-15 Destroyed on CRI&P
73140 4 9 5L 1959-02-19 Destroyed on B&O
73175 3 8 6L 1952-03-21 Destroyed on GN
73183 4 2 3R 1955-09-14 Destroyed on NYC&StL
73407 3 7 2R 1950-10-18 Sold to Norton Co.

Car Disposition Records

Source(s) (ID scope is for this web page only)
ID BoxFolderFolder nameLink Title Approx.
Start date
Approx.
End date
A 2 4 Boxcars 70000 73000 series - "A" 1942 1944-1945?

All cars were listed as being built 1942-03.
The only cars having a "disposition" was this car:

Data
Car Number Disposition
Source ID
Date Built Disposition
Date
Disposition
73112 A 1942-03 1943-11 Retired

Paint Schemes

As delivered (1)
Originally, these cars were "box car red" (brown) with white lettering
Rectangular B&M herald
1955 era (2)
Most (if not all) had been repainted box car red, white lettering, with "Minuteman" herald
Later (3)
(guessing) these cars were painted "blue dip" in later years, or whatever.

References or other data

Photographs

PageCar # Photo Date
yr-mo-day
Visible? MarkingsPaint
Scheme
Herald Notes
Northern New England Color Guide
p28 73000 1964-08-18 Y X B BMRRABNNNNNMaroon MM Body weathered, new white paint.
Model Railroading Magazine Issue included in "page" column
7/1984 p? 73198 1955+ X B BMRRABNNNNNmaroon MM [reportedly same as 2/1989 MRRing photo - see next line]
2/1989 p26 73198 1955+ X B BMRRABNNNNNmaroon MM
7/1984 p26 73198 1955+? X B BMRRABNNNNNmaroon MM
TT Nut
As the photo is buried in a discussion, I'll provide a direct link
Link to discussion(?)
73000 1942 X A BMRRABNNNNNMaroon Rect Builder's photo
73198 1955 X B BMRRABNNNNNMaroon MM Same as Model Railroading photo
Fallen Flags and Other Railroad Photos (as of 15-Apr-2020)
Scroll down to the "B" section, click on the "Boston & Maine (B&M)" link
Then scroll down to find the photo. The "Page" column has the "Link" text listed
XMP 67040 67040 Y X BMRRNNNNNNBlue Intertwined Black door, black tabs below car side, herald ALL white
XMF 67054 67054 Y X BMRRNNNNNNBlue Intertwined Black door, black tabs below car side, herald ALL white
LO 5706 67046 1966-08 Y p p BMRRNBlue ? You can see one roof hatch
NEB&W Guide IV
p P Bos-14 73000 1942 X B BMRRABNNNNNmaroon Rect Reproduction of builder's photo in 1943 Car Builder's Cyclopedia
Same as Model Railroading photo
p P Bos-14 73198 ca. 1955 X B BMRRABNNNNNmaroon MM (decent) reproduction (for a photocopy)
Same as "TT Nut" photo
Kaminski, Edward S. The Magor Car Corporation Signature Press (2000) ISBN 1-930013-04-3 (for 1st edition)
p95 73125 1942-ish X BMRRABNNNNNMaroon Rect in-service picture, "shortly after delivery"
Protocraft Decals site
Go to "Decal Line" → Boxcar Decals in 1:48 scale → B&M-3
73125 X BMRRABNNNNNMaroon Rect (same as The Magor Car Corporation photo?)
73198 X B BMRRABNNNNNMaroon MM
Wider, Patrick C. Railway Prototype Cyclopedia #35 Silverlake Images, 2020
p197 73000 1942-03 X B BMRRABNNNNNMaroon Rect Builder's Photo
p197 73125 after 1942-03 X BMRRABNNNNNMaroon Rect
p198 73092 1959-05-05 X BMRRABNNNNNMaroon MM
p198 73198 1965 X B BMRRABNNNNNMaroon MM
NERail Photo Archive
or http://photos.nerail.org/ → "By Railroad" → "Boston & Maine" →
Then scroll thru to find the photo "Finally".
73131 1969-08 Y p B BMGRNMaroon ?
NERail Photo Archive
or http://photos.nerail.org/ → "By Railroad" → "Boston & Maine" →
Then scroll thru to find the photo "where is this and what was the car used for".
or try: http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=14961
67[0?]59 before 2003-06? X B X ??RNY?NNNNblue? (incl. door)intertwined BM (all white?) roof shot showing hatches. pole block middle digit of car #
Protocraft Decals
"lettering for B&M's 1937 AAR boxcars - rectangle and minute man heralds"
73125 RW "New 8 [19]42" X BMRRAB Original? Rect [w/out Arrow?]
73198 RW "12-[19]55" X B BMRRAB Original? MM

Renumberings/Conversions/Dispositions

Dispositions to other railroads from Neubauer, Eric.Evans Products Company Freight Car Roster Notes
Date Quantity New Numbers Description
1964-1965 28 67040-67067 Renumbered, Equipped with 4 overhead grain loading hatches
by 4/1966 10 TA&G 7031-7040 via US Railway Equipment Co lease, lot #517
? ? EL 50500-50999 (only some from B&M) via US Railway Equipment Co lease, lot #652, rebuilt w/ 8' door

Models

Scale Manufacturer Stock number Car number Paint scheme Notes
HO Accurail #3556 73084 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald (e.g. is this an accurate model or someone decorated a generic car) Still on web site Dec, 2020.
HO Atlas #21-000-017 73003 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Produced in 2012
HO Atlas #21-000-018 73056 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Produced in 2012
HO Red Caboose 73001, 73035, 4 others Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Produced in ? (ex-IMWX model, now made by Intermountain)
HO Intermountain 45761-07 73035 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45761-08 73060 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45761-09 73091 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45761-10 73114 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45761-11 73143 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45761-12 73179 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45769-01 73016 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45769-02 73042 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45769-03 73073 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45769-04 73108 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45769-05 73155 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Intermountain 45769-06 73189 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
N Intermountain 65761-07 73035 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
N Intermountain 65761-08 73060 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
N Intermountain 65761-09 73091 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
N Intermountain 65761-10 73114 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
N Intermountain 65761-11 73143 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
N Intermountain 65761-12 73179 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald Listed on web site, Dec, 2020
HO Bowser (Walthers)6-42834 73065 Blue w/ medium intertwined "BM" Unknown accuracy. Listed on Walthers web site by Dec 2020, "Expected Oct 2021"
HO Bowser (Walthers)6-42835 73128 Blue w/ medium intertwined "BM" Unknown accuracy. Listed on Walthers web site by Dec 2020, "Expected Oct 2021"
HO Bowser (Walthers)6-42836 73159 Blue w/ medium intertwined "BM" Unknown accuracy. Listed on Walthers web site by Dec 2020, "Expected Oct 2021"
O Atlas Models 8578 (3 rail) 73137 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Unknown accuracy. Released Sep, 2007, listed as "sold out" on their web site as of Dec, 2020
O Atlas Models 9578 (2 rail) 73137 Boxcar red w/ rectangular herald Unknown accuracy. Released Sep, 2007, listed as "sold out" on their web site as of Dec, 2020
HO Walthers 910-2725 73010 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald In Walthers "New Product Express" dated Jan-2023., expected delivery "Spring 2023"
Several issues: Known: Walthers model (per flier) is 10'-6" IH (not 10'-0"), has 5-5 Dreadnaught ends (not 4-5 [top down])
Unknown (data per their announcement, but looks like it is close, if not matching): Murphy Panel roof, wood running boards, 6' Youngstown doors
HO Walthers 910-2726 73020 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald
HO Walthers 910-2727 73036 Boxcar red w/ Minuteman herald
Atlas also produced "undec" O scale models from 2004-2019, all listed as sold out as of Dec, 2020.

Per B&MRRHS Modelers Notes #24 (Jan, 1992) Intermountain had an O scale model available (part # OBBM3198, car # 73198). Unknown accuracy for the B&M, some were available in MM scheme

Per B&MRRHS Modelers Notes #54 (May-Jun 1998) Intermountain had a 1937 AAR boxcar kit available. In the MN they say there is a McGinnis Blue car with intertwined BM herald released.

More modeling information can be found on James B. Van Bokkelen's web site:
B&M Roster Info
Details on this car series

Revision History

File History for THIS page
Date Who Description
28-Jun-2019 KG Akerboom RFC
18-Mar-2020 KG Akerboom Finished table of Class Card text.
28-Mar-2020 KG Akerboom Added data from 19 more ORERs
01-Apr-2020 KG Akerboom Added references
04-Apr-2020 KG Akerboom Re-did references/photos section
17-Apr-2020 KG Akerboom Added more web sites: B&MRRHS Flickr, Fallen Flags, NMRA Archives, Earl Tuson. Also Scott Whitney (NMRO) CDs
01-May-2020 KG Akerboom Added data from 4 more ORER (1941, 1943, 1945, 1947)
05-May-2020 KG Akerboom Moved ORER notes into separate section. Added more models and photo per T. Petschallies
16-Jun-2020 KG Akerboom Added MCC lot #, fixed Class card link (this one class card is .jpg, not .png)
03-Jul-2020 KG Akerboom Added Magor Car Corporation photo and info
19-Jul-2020 KG Akerboom In Photos section, replaced "vertical" text with PNGs, added other columns for markings
07- thru
16-Aug-2020
KG Akerboom Added ORER data (History only, not dims or notes yet) for 63 more registers, courtesy of James Kinkaid
19-Aug-2020 KG Akerboom Added more Eric Neubauer data
07-Sep-2020 KG Akerboom Added Protocraft Decals web site pictures
13-Sep-2020 KG Akerboom Added RP Cyc #35 info
25-Oct-2020 KG Akerboom Added Car Book Data
03-Nov-2020 KG Akerboom Added "NE Rails" photos
17-Nov-2020 KG Akerboom Standardized formatting of Classification Card(s) section
19-Nov-2020 KG Akerboom Updated 1942 Classification Card
12-Dec-2020 KG Akerboom Added model info
16-Dec-2020 KG Akerboom Added Atlas O scale models
19-Dec-2020 KG Akerboom Added JBVB web site links
30-Dec-2020 KG Akerboom Added Modelers Notes info
01-Mar-2021 KG Akerboom Added Builder's photo
04-Jul-2021 KG Akerboom Reorganized Car Book and/or Car Disposition Data (Car # to 1st column, 2nd/other changes to new rows)
16-Oct-2021 KG Akerboom Added remaining 7/1928 - 10/1947 ORERs
29-Oct-2021 KG Akerboom Added car disposition record data
27-Nov-2021 KG Akerboom Added photo reference
13-Feb-2022 KG Akerboom Added direct link to Library & Archives Canada record for this image
07-Nov-2022 KG Akerboom Updated per [almost] complete ORER data
10-Dec-2022 KG Akerboom Added photo(s)/car listings from Nimke, "Conn. River RRs: Vol IV"
04-Jan-2023 KG Akerboom Fixed headers and footers...hopefully
10-Jan-2023 KG Akerboom Added new Walthers cars
25-Feb-2023 KG Akerboom Fixed link to scanned data (car books)
01-Mar-2023 KG Akerboom Added reference to Hendrickson RMJ article
04-Mar-2023 KG Akerboom Updated / expaned references to RMJ articles
22-Jul-2023 KG Akerboom Added photos available on Protocraft web site.

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