Re: Murphy ends continued


It was named for Peter Murphy the patent holder and later President of Standard Railway Equipment.  I believe those  records are now at Northwestern U's trans library.  Pullman-Standard even tried to copy one his designs and got caught in the courts.

Al Kresse

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Heavens to Murphy...   Like that term?  <g>
Greg Martin
Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through  it.
Norman Maclean  

Tony  writes:
As anyone knows who has perused Cyclopedias, the term "Murphy" is not very  
specific for anything. It was used by Standard Railway Equipment to denote
a  whole slew of roof designs, some quite different from each other, as well
as a  couple of different end designs. As far as Richard Hendrickson and I
have ever  been able to determine, the term refers back to an invention of
interlocking  metal parts which made the combination water-tight, or
approximately so. Thus  the term could be applied to any component which employed
that arrangement.  One supposes that "Murphy" refers to the inventor, rather
than to the  well-known "Murphy's Law." <g>
If someone on the list knows more, I'd  like to hear it.

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