In 1985, CN acquired ex-Railbox Pullman-Standard 50-foot, 5277 cu.ft., 100-ton boxcars with 10-foot single sliding doors (RBOX 40750-41399) built in 1980. While still in Railbox paint, CN rebuilt them in 1993-94 with 12-foot doors, door stoppers and vents, renumbered CNA 412250-412574. (Though some received CN 419000-series reporting marks prior to re-dooring.) CNA 412395 was placarded at Belleville, September 4, 1999 (top photo). I used this photo for my HO scale conversion of CNA 412390:
Some re-doored CNA Railbox observations including date, car and CN train on:Nov 11/99 CNA 412488 on No 320
Mar 27/02 CNA 412441 on No 309
April 27/02 CNA 412483 on No 364
Sep 26/05 CNA 412637 on No 376
Oct 1/05 CNA 412260-412283 on No 309
Feb 22/09 CNA 412355 on No 308
May 2/09 CNA 412355
Interestingly, CNA 412283 is still running around in this patched scheme. It was eastbound on CN No 376 on March 6, 2016:
Michael Schwiebert posted this photo to Facebook, showing CNA 412434 in Ohio back in April, 1994:
Nearly the last one in the class...video capture of CNA 412562 on July 13, 2018 on CN No 377 at Kingston. Duide, where's my Railbox? Note logo fading:
And it's still really running on September 29, 2023 - what looks like the other side, taken from above near Kingston's VIA station on CN No 372:December 2019 Update: CNA 412345 through Belleville, ON on the 2nd, bilaterally-graffiti'd:
April 2020 update: CNA 412557 in this video:
- CNA 412258 with unusual brown paint behind reporting marks.
- Peter Mumby's photo of CNA 412450 in this post
- Conversion thread with model photo (scroll) of CNA 412375.
- Athearn produced a former RBOX CN 419311 before re-dooring:
'Twas two weeks before Christmas and all down the line, Legault Metal gons were hauling scrap from Senneterre on 369. This rider was situated all snug on 651, with a cup of joe and banana-chocolate muffin, awaiting the sun....
Once in the trainshed, the train stopped with a jerk - so I disembarked with the others and got right to work. The scaffolding was hung all over Union Station with care, in hopes that renovation soon would be there.
P42's on each end, in Business Class drinks flowed, we got the heck out of Toronto, loud whistles at every road. But I heard myself exclaim, as this post scrolls out of sight, happy couplers to all, I'll never switch, so good night!