Re: Viking roof color question

Brian Carlson

When these cars were built the standard was the roofs and ends would be black. The roofwalk may have been unpainted or black, not totally sure.  The builders photo clearly show the black ends and I believe the roof is also back when I look at the tif version I have. Can’t send it as it is a 26 MB file and cannot .The lighting of the photo might infer the roof is unpainted galvanized but that’s not correct. I have a car to change the roof on myself. I bought the roof from Stan R, not sure if that was your roof Tom.


In the 60’s some of these cars ended up on the D&TS.



Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga NY




From: <> On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Viking roof color question


There's a builder photo of NKP 87100, reprinted in the 1943 Car Builder Cyc.
Maybe someone has the negative and or a hi-res scan? The photo sure makes the
end and roof look black.

I think some later NKP box cars had galvanized roofs with enameled seam caps

On 7/20/2019 1:52 PM, Tom Madden via Groups.Io wrote:

I bought this assembled and detailed P2K model on eBay five or more years ago and set it aside. (The price was attractive.) It's very well done with lots of extra detail and what I'm almost certain is one of my 50' resin replacement Viking roofs. But the roof is painted silver, and I thought those NKP cars had black roofs. Was there a silver variation?

Tom Madden



Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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