Re: ID these ends and roof?

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

mark_mathu wrote:
Given the limited view available in this image, how would you classify the ends and roof of this prototype car, rebuilt from a wood reefer in the 1950s?
Would that be a 5/5/5 Murphy end and a 16-panel Murphy roof?
Certainly a 5-5-5 corrugated end, possibly a former USRA box car end. The radial roof is less clear to me. Remember that the term "Murphy" was used by SRECo for what seems like most of their products in the 1920s and 1930s, both ends and many different roofs, and the term appears to have meant nothing more than the inclusion of interlocking parts in the construction. Thus terming a part "Murphy" is not necessarily very enlightening, other than indicating it's from SRECo.

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