CofG Ventilated Boxcars Revisited

Paul Lyons

I had a chance last month in Naperville to have a long conversation with Allen Tuten, President of the CofG Histoical Society, about their ventilated boxcar model and the roof as it relates to the time frame of this list. At the same time I also purchased a copy of the April-June 2005 issue of the Society's publication "The Right Way", which has a nice atricle about these cars. Allen acknowledged the model has the as delivered roof and that most of these cars had recieved new roofs by the end of the second world war. Quoting from the article "Records indicate that the CofG began replacing the original Murphy XLA roofs with "Murphy Pivoted All Steel Flexible Roofs" in the 1930's". I queried Allan about the use of the Hutchen roof on these cars as posted on this list and he was adament that they could find no referrence to Hutchen roofs being used on these cars in the company files. So wanting to build this kit I have two questions for the group:

1) What is a "Murphy Pivoted All Steel Flexible Roof"? Can I find a picture in a CBC?

2) I could not find Bill Welsh's orginal post(I believe I am correct here) so I am at a loss as to why he though they were re-roofed with a Hutchen's roof. Anyone expand on how we were driven in this direction?

Any and all imput is appreicated.

Paul Lyons
Laguna Niguel, CA

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