With a Union Line Star design, the X-29 box car by Train Miniature easily becomes a model of the X-25 box car series. Photo by Bob MacDonaldIn the October 1978 issue, of Prototype Modeler, there was an excellent article on Pennsylvania Railroad X-29 steel box cars and other cars that were similar to the X-29. One such series of cars was the X-25. I found a photo of car #88448 in the Union Line paint scheme on page 193 of the April, 1916, issue of Railway Mechanical Engineer. A photo of X-29 #35883 in the same paint scheme appears on page 251 of the 1919 Car Builders Dictionary (Train Shed Encyclopedia #35). I also located a photo of#518162 in the same paint scheme in an old publication for which I lost the reference.
Shortly after Train Miniature released their model of the X-29, I decided to letter a car for the Union Line paint scheme as used on #518162. The Train Miniature model is not an exact replica, but it does closely approximate the X-25 car. A more accurate model would have to have a recessed side sill, a left opening door, door tack boards on the right and some underframe changes. On my model, the AB brake equipment was removed, and a K brake cylinder added. The car was painted Box Car Red and lettered with Union Line dry transfer set #3013. Dimensional data came from a set marketed by Irv Schultz from the 125 Line, but Union Line set #3109 could be used. Kadee Andrews trucks, and couplers, were added.