Re: Red Caboose CNJ Boxcar Kits
Stafford Swain <sswain@...>
Careful on Viking roofs.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I think they varied over time and that Viking was more like Murphy and thus a brand name applied to several/multiple designs. The reason I think that is one of the builder orders for CNR's 500500-503499 series boxcars (the Accurail car prototype) had Viking roofs (all the others of that series had a Hutchins roof like the Accurail kit).
However that Viking roof wasn't at all like Ron Sebastian's roof. I photographed one of these particular cars before I was wise enough to get up in the roof and look at it. However my from the ground photos suggested that Viking roof was much like a Hutchins roof but with two parallel panel stiffener creases instead of one panel stiffener in the center of the panel.
Maybe it's time for the publication of the definitive "learned study" of the always visible freight car roof. It won't be me as us CNR folks have it easy (there were few exceptions to the Hutchins roof rule on CNR steel-frame house cars).
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