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Seaboard Air Line V9 Ventilated Boxcar HO scale Kit SAL-1

Seaboard Air Line V9 Ventilated Boxcar HO scale Kit SAL-1


The Seaboard Air Line [SAL]V-9 boxcars represented by this model were built in 1922 numbered SAL 28000-29249, a total of 1250 cars. These SAL ventilated box cars are known to modelers as "Watermelon Cars" because they were designed specifically for transporting watermelons and other fruits that could be moved without refrigeration. They had screen doors and end vents that allowed air to circulate, lessening the chance of spoilage in transit.


Florida's watermelon season runs from April to July with a second season in September and October. It is complimented by a July through August watermelon season in Georgia. When not in peak season use for watermelon and other fruit movement they were cleaned and operated as any other wood sheathed boxcar of the era would. These cars traveled widely, being seen in California and New england, and would be at home on any road from 1922 until withdrawal from service in the 1960's.

  • Kit description

    This is an injection-molded resin kit with a one-piece body, detailed instructions,kadee coupler boxes, and a list for additional needed detail parts to create an exact replica of the original car. Trucks and couplers are not provided.  

    This kit comes in a foam lined box so when you are finished you can store it safely after assembly. Price includes processing and handling fees.


    shipping is priority mail flat rate with tracking.

  • Product Information

    Instructions and history along with a few Photos are supplied in this kit. If you are building a specific car it is best to use photographs of that car. Great resources for modeling this car include The Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Sociaty and Florida Memories.

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