By 1946, the Army's special troop sleepers were no longer needed and were offered for sale. Affordably priced and originally based on standard box car designs, they required only minor modification for civilian use as 50' box cars. But since they were equipped for high-speed passenger service, they could easily be converted to other roles.
Many were remodeled with plated-over windows and vents, new side doors and a fresh coat of paint. In service, they handled baggage, mail and express shipments. Many led long lives, remaining in use until the late 1960s with a few running on work trains into the 1980s.
Patterned after the WWII troop sleepers that were sold as surplus after the war, these Converted Troop Sleeper Express Box Cars will add color and variety to your HO passenger consists. The prototypes ran from the late 40s into the late 60s carrying profitable mail and express traffic at the front of train consists, so they're perfect for pre-Amtrak secondary and mail trains. These ready-to-run cars feature new paint and lettering schemes, authentic detail, knuckle couplers and correct trucks with RP-25 metal wheels. Add-on wire grab irons are included. They're available individually and in limited-run two-packs for a total of three roadnumbers per roadname.