GYPSUM Running Board


Gypsum advertised their expanded metal running board in the 1953 Car Builders Cyclopedia as having been used in that application since 1927.  However, it was not until the ARA accepted metal running boards on a case-by-case basis in 1932 that this manufacturer’s item could have been put into such railroad use.  As car building in the early thirties came very close to a standstill, the Gypsum running board was not significantly used any earlier than the late 30’s, and even then was a less popular option.  Most installations were on postwar house cars after the AAR recommended “other than steel” in 1944.  Additionally, this running board can represent a similar expanded metal Transco product as well.  This component features a polyurethane resin running board with latitudinal extensions and brake step.  The modeler must supply roof handholds and end supports.  SRCC offers kits for the following roads that purchased cars with this running board: CNW, NP, NYC, and SP&S.


Not to be available for the foreseeable future






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