The Lionel 2679 – Baby Ruth Box Car from 1938-42. Features include sliding doors, tinplate construction, tinplate trucks with journals, solenoid couplers, metal wheels and axles.
2679 Lionel Lines RR Baby Ruth Boxcar, yellow colored
Yellow with green roof and candy bar graphics. Yellow with dark red roof text graphics.
Points of Interest
This unit has automatic box couplers on both ends with flat metal rail shoes for the electric uncouplers.
A boxcar is a North American railroad car that is enclosed and generally used to carry freight. The boxcar, while not the simplest freight car design, is probably the most versatile, since it can carry most loads. Boxcars have side doors of varying size and operation, and some include end doors and adjustable bulkheads to load very large items.
Similar covered freight cars outside North America are covered goods wagons and, depending on the region, are called goods van (UK), louver van (Australia), covered wagon (UIC and UK) or simply van (UIC and UK).
Boxcars can carry most kinds of freight. Originally they were hand-loaded, but in more recent years mechanical assistance such as forklifts have been used to load and empty them faster. Their generalized design is still slower to load and unload than specialized designs of car, and this partially explains the decline in boxcar numbers since World War II. The other cause for this decline is the dramatic shift of waterborne cargo transport to container shipping. Effectively a boxcar without the wheels and chassis, a container is designed to be amenable to intermodal freight transport, whether by container ships, trucks or trains, and can be delivered door-to-door.