Re: LNE 1923 box cars A question about the roofs of these cars


Bill Welch
 

Ben Hom wrote: "This is why Ted's kit was so valuable as the diagonal panel roofs of the LNE and MEC cars are sized to fit these narrower cars.  You can't take a roof from a 40 ft postwar AAR boxcar and narrow it via splitting it down the center as the panels no longer line up.  An alternate approach might be to take a 50 ft diagonal panel roof and shorten it as they're slightly narrower, but this might still be too wide."

With Branchline's permission I used their rectangular and diagonal paneled roofs to make the MEC and LNE roof patterns for the Speedwitch conversion kits and while the panels of the diagonal paneled roof do not line up exactly they are very close and that area is covered by the running board anyway so someone has to look very closely to see the mis-match.

Bill Welch

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