Atlas N X72 Box Car

In 1972, the Penn Central and Western Pacific placed an order for smooth-sided box cars from US Railroad Manufacturing (Evans), located in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago deep in railroad roots. The PC’s large order of 574 cars would become the “X72” design, which featured smooth, welded sides and commonly featured a large 6-panel Superior door. One of the purposes of this 10’ high door was so forklifts could easily operate in and out of the car. The following year PC placed another order for 500 X72A box cars, which were of a slightly larger design. Together, these cars served in general purpose service, making them a popular and commonly seen car all across the North American railroad system. After PC’s demise in the late 70’s, the cars were absorbed by Conrail, and continued plying the rails well into the 1990’s. Towards the latter part of that decade, Conrail would sell off most of their X72/72A fleet to Canadian National, short lines, or scrappers. By the early to mid 2000’s era, the majority of the X72 box cars had been phased out of service, but there are still a few examples that continue to roll along in Mexico and South America. The X72 and X72A were important cars during the late PC and Conrail eras and wore many paint variations right up until the end of their service lives. One of the most famous schemes this car might have worn was Conrail’s “Buy And Hold US Savings Bonds” scheme, complete with red white and blue stars clustered over the door. Because of the vast network of cars Conrail owned, a few cars escaped the paint booth and continued to roll in PC green for many years. Whether your train only needs a few or a large block on a manifest, headed back to the warehouse, the X72 will look great in any of the schemes Atlas has to offer.


  • Crisp painting and printing
  • Durable body
  • Free rolling trucks
  • Detailed brakewheel
  • Knuckle couplers


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Item# Road Name Road Number
June 2019
MSRP: $23.95 Undec MSRP: $18.95
N X72 Box Car
50 005 231 Undecorated -
50 005 232 Penn Central (large logo) (Green/White) 229040
50 005 233 Penn Central (large logo) (Green/White) 229101
50 005 234 Penn Central (large logo) (Green/White) 229124
50 005 235 Conrail (small logo) (Brown/White) 269881
50 005 236 Conrail (small logo) (Brown/White) 269909
50 005 237 Conrail (small logo) (Brown/White) 269962
50 005 238 Conrail (US Savings Bonds) (Brown/White/Blue) 269198
50 005 239 Canadian National (Brown/White) 416260
50 005 240 Canadian National (Brown/White) 416243
50 005 241 Canadian National (Brown/White) 416381
50 005 242 Western Pacific (Brown/Yellow) 4055
50 005 243 Western Pacific (Brown/Yellow) 4057
50 005 244 Western Pacific (Brown/Yellow) 4058
50 005 245 York Rail (Brown/White) 5050
50 005 246 York Rail (Brown/White) 5051
50 005 247 York Rail (Brown/White) 5085
Products bearing Western Pacific marks are made under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.