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On Jun 7, 2010, at 8:29 PM, Gene wrote:
Broadway Limited has announced NYC steel boxcars. Would anyoneGene, having worked with BLI on the development of these cars, I can
say that the models are accurate for the post-WW-II period, after NYC
equipped all of them with new rectangular panel roofs in place of
their original Murphy steel roofs. BLI chose not to model the patch
panels that were applied to most of these cars in later years for the
simple reason that the extant photos show hardly any two cars with
patch panels alike. As noted by others on the list, those who insist
on having patch panels can add them relatively easily. With regard
to lettering, the pre-1955 models have correct lettering for the
period from the early 1940s, when NYC stopped painting the herald
backgrounds black, until the adoption of the extended Gothic
lettering in mid-1955. And, of course, many cars with the earlier
lettering style kept it for years after 1955 until they were repainted.