Saturday, October 14, 2017

Champion Boxcars

For a brief time in 2003-2005, these interesting grey Champion boxcars were operating on CN's Kingston Sub. Nothing to do with Champion spark plugs! Champion Paper Co was later sold to International Paper. These Coe Rail Inc.cars with CRLE reporting marks were lettered for Champion International Corporation. Operating in the company of CN paper cars, photographed in US states MD, IN and on CN's Kingston Sub from Arvida, QC, they had been stencilled 'Return empty to Sheldon TX' and carried newsprint. Apparently, I wasn't able to get any photographs myself.

The cars were built in 4-71 as SP Pacific Car & Foundry 50'6" boxcars class B-100-27 SP 674900-675099 and rebuilt in 1990. CRLE 10385 (top photo by Peter Mumby)
Around 2005, the cars were restencilled for MVRY (Mahoning Valley Railway - above photo posted to Facebook) with the same 103xx-series road numbers. In 2015, the cars appeared with their Champion lettering painted out, rather crudely patched with BAEX reporting marks at least up to BAEX 1039.

Lots o' links:
My Champion boxcar observations: date, car number and CN train seen on:

Sep 20/03 CRLE xxxxx on tailend of No 368
Nov 20/03 CRLE 10326 on headend of  No 321

Running extra...

These Champion boxcars are exactly the type of limited-time-only observation that should (have) been documented as it happened. Like a budgie flying with a flock of sparrows. When will we learn to document the seemingly mundane? Fortunately someone did, and I was glad to discover that Peter Mumby had done just that! Peter often contributes to the excellent White River Division blog in Trackside Treasure's sidebar. I'm paying a lot more attention to the WRD blog now that I'm modelling a New England prototype!

Did some seemingly mundane photographic preservation for posterity today from five stories up. BN 461535 and 447969, both still bearing the large logo!

On this week's episode of TLC Railfan Sisters, we see a Norfolk and Southern ex-CBQ, GN, BN, CNW car at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, part of a station restaurant:

1 comment:

Steve Boyko said...

I don't recall seeing those at all.. I had a look through my catalog and I have nothing like that. Very interesting!

I like posts like this because I go digging through my old rolling stock photos and find oddities like an old Hydra-Cushion boxcar relettered as BAEX 675. The only other BAEX photos I took were some ex SP waffle sided boxcars.