We just got a chance to get our hands on the latest pre-production samples of Fox Valley Models B&O wagontop box cars. The samples you see here are pre-production units so FVM can tell the factory where to make adjustments and minor revisions before going to production with customer models. So expect some minor changes.
The B&O M-53 wagontop was not B&O’s most popular boxcar, but it is arguably their signature piece of rolling stock. From 1937-1938, the B&O constructed 2,000 Wagontops classed as M-53, numbers 380000-381999 and 1000 M-53A units numbered 385000-385999. The underframes were built by Bethlehem and the car bodies were constructed in B&O’s own company shops beginning in 1937 through 1938. The class M-53A units were built in 1941 and were 400lbs. heavier and had minor rivet detail differences from the M-53. FVM has modeled the M-53 and has included both the flat door and the Youngstown door versions in multiple paint schemes and road numbers. FVM’s original announcement can be found HERE. Models should be available in stores in June.