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Quick Look: Eastern Seaboard Models N scale boxcar

Read this review from the July 2018 Model Railroader
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Eastern Seaboard Models N scale boxcar
Price: $42.95
Manufacturer
Eastern Seaboard Models Corp.
P.O. Box 301
Waldwick, NJ 07463-0301
www.esmc.com
Road names: New York Central, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (original and modern schemes, one number each), and Lehigh Valley. Two numbers per scheme unless noted.
Era: 1966 to 2000s

Comments: Eastern Seaboard Models has released an N scale New York Central class X65 50-foot insulated boxcar based on a prototype built by Despatch Shops Inc. The plastic model features a one-piece body with a separately applied brake wheel and etched-metal crossover platforms. The underbody is also plastic with molded crosstie detail and a one-piece casting that includes the center sills, crossbearers, and simulated cushioned underframe.

Despatch Shops was a subsidiary of New York Central (NYC) and later Penn Central (PC). It produced the class X65 boxcar from 1966 to 1969 for the NYC, Lehigh Valley (LV), and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. Boxcars from the NYC, PC, and LV wound up on Conrail when it was formed in 1976. Examples of X65 boxcars survived into the 2000s on CSX and Norfolk Southern, the two roads that divided Conrail’s assets in 1999.

Our sample is decorated as NYC no. 78722, part of the railroad’s 78700 through 78749 series. The full-size 4,620-cubic-foot-capacity boxcar was built under lot 976-B in 1966.

The model’s dimensions closely follow a prototype drawing I found in the New York Central Freight
Car Roster section of the website www.canadasouthern.com.

The 33" metal wheelsets are correctly gauged. The Micro-Trains Line Co. no. 1015 body-mounted couplers are at the correct height. At 1.1 ounces, the model is at the proper weight per National Model Railroad Association Recommended Practice 20.1.

I tested the model on our Red Oak project layout. The model performed flawlessly while being pushed and pulled through Peco no. 6 medium turnouts and around the 13" radius curves. The manufacturer doesn’t recommend operating the boxcar on curves under 10".

Eastern Seaboard Models Corp. has done a great job re-creating the Despatch Shops X65 boxcar in N scale. The model has a good mix of molded and separately applied details, allowing it to stand up to normal handling
on a model railroad.

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