Re: Rapido USRA Single Sheath Boxcar announced

mel perry

so they both made slanted and radials
at the same time?, what was the logic?
mel perry

On Fri, Jun 18, 2021, 10:06 AM Dennis Storzek <destorzek@...> wrote:
On Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 08:30 AM, Dave Parker wrote:
Unfortunately, I am away from my home base and for some reason only have a paper copy there, but there is a short trade-journal piece from ~1920 that enumerates all the hardware specified for the USRA cars.  I am confident that it allowed for either Murphy or Hutchins roofs, and possibly a third option (Chicago-Cleveland maybe?).

That said, I am not sure I have seen a pre-1930 photo of anything but a Murphy roof on both the SS and DS cars.  When you get into the 1930s, however, replacement of the Murphys with Hutchins seems to have been a common practice.  Certainly, many/most of the cars with replacement, metal doors seem to have also gotten Hutchins, at least with the northeastern roads that I tend to collect photos for.
I think one of the problems is with our terminology; when modelers hear "Hutchins" they immediately assume that firm's Dry Ladding roof. However, in the WWI era Murphy, Hutchins, and Chicago-Cleveland all sold similar products, which in HO scale, would look exactly the same.

Here is the Murphy XLA:

The Hutchins offering:

And from Chicago-Cleveland:

Data from the 1922 Car Builder's Cyclopedia.

Dennis Storzek

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