Re: NORTHERN PACIFIC 41' FLAT CAR
Bill: There were some earlier NP flat cars of 41 ft length, also rebuilt from older boxcars, that fit your description of the lettering (and possibly some had Andrews trucks). These had shallower, less massive side sills than the Central valley kit, and many had truss rod underframes. Photos are scarce, but W&R had some posted in a brochure announcing a brass project of several versions. Here's a link to RV Nixon shot with such a flat serving as a crane tender in 1962 (note at that date, no full road name, just "NP"):toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
As far as I know these were also used almost exclusively in NP company service (but possibly very occasionally as idler cars for long revenue loads), from about the late 1940s through the 1960s. The photo you remember might have been one of those earlier cars, but as Andy and others said, the CV kit represents a distinctive mid-1960s rebuild from a steel underframe (non-truss-rod) boxcar.
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