Black Cement Roofs


George Courtney
 

I've opened a SAL 1937 car kit and found a black cement roof.  I think this must have been swapped with another kit but can't determine which kit.  Besides Santa Fe, NKP and perhaps Erie can anyone tell me of another road that had the 1937 40' Boxcar, single or double door with a black cement roof?


Thanks,

George Courtney


Tim O'Connor
 

C&O (Viking), C&EI (Viking), W&LE (non-standard car)

I've opened a SAL 1937 car kit and found a black cement roof. I think this must have been swapped with another kit but can't determine which kit. Besides Santa Fe, NKP and perhaps Erie can anyone tell me of another road that had the 1937 40' Boxcar, single or double door with a black cement roof?


Thanks,

George Courtney


Ed Hawkins
 

gsc3@... [STMFC] wrote:

I've opened a SAL 1937 car kit and found a black cement roof. I think this must have been swapped with another kit but can't determine which kit. Besides Santa Fe, NKP and perhaps Erie can anyone tell me of another road that had the 1937 40' Boxcar, single or double door with a black cement roof?

Thanks,

George Courtney
George,
From the Pullman-Standard bills of materials for lot numbers 5768, 5803 (double doors), 5804, and 5806, the following paint identical specs were used for all four orders.

DuPont SAL Standard Color - Sides, ends, underframe, trucks
Black (Car Cement) - Roof
White (Snolite) - Stencils
Fire Plug Red - Monogram background

Repainted cars by railroad car shops are another matter.
Regards,
Ed Hawkins


golden1014
 

Hi George,


The black roof is correct for SAL as-delivered 1937 cars (SAL B-8 and B-9 class).


If you are modeling a car repainted in the mid/late 1950s, the roof should probably be freight car brown.  Photo evidence shows that the railroad repainted the entire carbody with a freight car brown ("BC Red") in that era.  


BTW, all the cars were delivered with steel running boards. 


On Rob Adams' Steam Freight Cars website there is a list of 1937 cars, made by Ed Hawkins and I think Ted Culotta as well, that covers the basic construction features of each SAL car series.  You will find that spreadsheet very helpful.  I have a half-dozen copies squirreled away around the house, and one buried in a jar in the back yard.  


Also, I did a rather extensive article in the SCL Modeler magazine some years ago and can help you with painting and lettering depending on your era.  If you want a copy of the article let me know.


John Golden

Albersbach, Germany


George Courtney
 

Thanks for the replies.

  I noticed my NKP kit also is a Viking roof so of the four cars I have with black roofs three are Viking roofs.  The Santa Fe car is a Murphy roof with running boards painted the car color.  I'm modeling 1953 so I'll need a well faded black roof from Mr. Golden's fine information.

Thanks,
George Courtney