Railway Prototype Cyclopedia, or 'RP CYC' for short, is a continuing series of softbound books that provides invaluable information in a single source with a focus on the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. This was the Golden Age of railroads when steam locomotives and first-generation diesels ruled.
Emergency Composite Box Cars (50 pages) by Patrick C. Wider
This article is the fourth in a series of articles that cover a number of American box car designs that were built in large quantities during the first half of the 20th Century. In this article, Pat Wider covers the single-sheathed and plywood-sheathed 40' and 50' emergency box cars constructed during World War II following restrictions imposed by the War Production Board.
Erie 40-Ton Express Milk Cars (10 pages) by Patrick C. Wider
Pat Wider describes and illustrates the unique Erie express milk cars built during the 1930s by Greenville Steel Car Company. Also discussed and illustrated are some of the cars converted for express baggage service.
The family of All-Welded 70-Ton Drop-End Gondola Cars Based on PRR's Class G31. (53 pages) by Ed Hawkins
This article covers an interesting group of subject cars first built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (Class G31) in 1948-1950, followed in the 1950s with derivatives built by American Car & Foundry and Pullman-Standard for Pennsy, Atlantic Coast Line, Birmingham Southern, Delaware & Hudson, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, Southern Pacific, Wabash, Sacramento Northern, Western Pacific.
RP CYC Publishing, softcover, 112 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .25 in., B&W photographs and diagrams.