Extra Data for Kit 8.02
Illinois Central AAR Modified Design 40-foot steel boxcars

Extras for Kits 8.03 & 8.04
Soo Line and DSS&A AAR Modified Design 40-foot steel boxcar

Extras for Kit 8.05
Missouri Pacific ACF 1942 AAR 40-foot steel boxcar

Starting in 1939, the Illinois Central began purchasing steel-sheathed 40-foot single-door boxcars with an interior height of 10-feet, 4-inches. Between 1939 and 1940, the IC purchased 5000 boxcars of this design before construction ended due to WW2 steel rationing. The first 3000 of these cars had square corner-post ends and are the focus of this kit.

Joe Collias photo

The cars were equipped with a variety of trucks (AAR, Barber Stabilized and National Type B) and geared hand brakes (Universal XL 2000, Superior and Ajax). The freight car diagrams included with the instructions show which trucks and hand brakes went with which series of cars.

These IC boxcar were numbered in the following series.

  • 17000-17999 built January 1939 by ACF
  • 18000-18999 built February 1939 by ACF
  • 19000-19499 built January 1940 by ACF
  • 19500-19999 built July 1940 by Mount Vernon Car Manufacturing Co.

Additional details for these IC boxcars and other Modified 1937 AAR boxcars can be found at the Steam Era Freight Car site in charts compiled by Ed Hawkins.

ACF photo

Resin Car Works would like to thank the following rail historians and modelers for their high quality work. Without their efforts, these kits would not have been produced.

Tom Madden - casting work
Ken Soroos – decal artwork and kit instruction coordination
Frank Hodina - kit instructions and model photos

These files are intended to help you build our models.
Kit 8.02 instructions part 1 PDF file (3 MB)
Kit 8.02 instructions part 2 PDF file (9 MB)
Kit 8.02 instructions part 3 PDF file (7 MB)
Kit 8.02 instructions part 4 PDF file (6 MB)
Kit 8.02 instructions part 5 PDF file (8 MB)
Kit 8.02 instructions part 6 PDF file (6 MB)

Kit 8.03 instructions PDF file (2 MB) review this first when building the Soo and DSS&A models then follow the above instruction files.



Kit 8.05 Extras
Kit 8.05 instructions PDF file (400 KB)
Kit 8.05 prototype history PDF file (1 MB) by Jerry Hamsmith
Kit 8.05 model photos PDF file (1 MB)

ACF photos
I-GN 17766
MP 34113
StLB&M 17600
ACF brake arrangement
ACF end detail

Completed model by Ed Rethwisch

Completed model by Chris Vanko

Completed model by Frank Hodina