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X58 Box Cars sold to Lehigh Valley

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X58 Box Cars sold to Lehigh Valley
Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:06 PM

I recently picked up one of the beautiful Tangent Lehigh Valley ex PRR(?) X58 box cars. Are they ex-PRR or did Sam Rea shops build some for L-V in '65?

 L-V_X58_7106 by Edmund, on Flickr

I've seen these cars patched, renumbered and painted for ConRail. I wondered if there were any L-V painted cars that were patched out and renumbered for Penn Central?

Basically, I'd like to do this car:

https://www.tangentscalemodels.com/product/cr-lv-1979-x58-restencil-x58-boxcar/

     —except using Penn Central reporting marks and numbers.

I have one painted PRR and patched for P-C but how about L-V?

 IMG_8563_fix by Edmund, on Flickr

Thanks, Ed

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Posted by Motley on Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:29 AM

Thats a good question, because I just got a bunch of these cars also. I beleive Sam Rea Shops built the x58s for Lehigh Valley.

These are my favorite best looking boxcars right now, and will probably get more.

I'm sure someone here can confirm....

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Posted by cv_acr on Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:12 AM

gmpullman

 recently picked up one of the beautiful Tangent Lehigh Valley ex PRR(?) X58 box cars. Are they ex-PRR or did Sam Rea shops build some for L-V in '65?

New built.

gmpullman

I've seen these cars patched, renumbered and painted for ConRail. I wondered if there were any L-V painted cars that were patched out and renumbered for Penn Central?

LV did not merge into Penn Central, so no.

LV merged into Conrail with PC, EL, RDG, etc. 

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Posted by dti406 on Friday, January 17, 2020 8:34 AM

The X58's were built by the PRR/PC for the Lehigh Valley and were painted in PC Green and White paint schemes with similar lettering.

The Lehigh Valley was owned 100% by the PRR/PC but was never merged into the PRR/PC for anti-trust reasons.  The PRR/PC did aid the LV in that they built cars for them like the X58 and G26 Gons. Also many of the paint supplies the LV used were from the PRR after the PC merger. The caboose red was the same on the PRR and LV. The PRR also supplied some power to the LV in the form of RS-11's.

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