Canadian National’s 1937 AAR design boxcars with Canadian 4/5 style ends, flat panel roofs and transverse air reservoir
The Canadian National Railway had 5,725 1937 AAR design boxcars with Murphy Flat Panel roofs. Built in Canada by 3 major car builders - CCF, ECC and NSC.
Deliveries began in April 1938 and continued thru April 1940. In February 1943, the Murphy raised panel roof began to be used but square and round (W)
corner design continued to intersperse throughout the Series. This lettering set is designed for the at panel roof series. Model by Protocraft: PC-3530
Series and deliveries were as follows:
Series 474000-474599, 600 cars, Canadian Car Foundry, Lot 1222, delivered April 1938 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof - National B-1 trucks
Series 474600-475299 700 cars, Eastern Car Co, Lot 2271, delivered May 1938 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 475300-475999, 700 cars, National Steel Car, Lot P-7881, delivered June 1938 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 476000-476624, 625 cars, Eastern Car Co, Lot 2489, delivered July 1939 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 476625-477349, 725 cars, National Steel Car, Lot P-8100, delivered May 1939 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 477350-477949, 600 cars, Canadian Car Co, Lot 1309, delivered May 1939 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 477950-479049 700 cars, Canadian Car Co, Lot 1347, delivered May 1940 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 479050-480124, 1,075 700 cars, Eastern Car Co, Lot 2666, delivered April 1940 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Series 480125-480714, 590 cars, National Steel Car, Lot P-8235, delivered December 1939 - square corner/Murphy flat panel roof
Paint & Lettering: Recommended color is Oxide Red with a dash of orange added, to achieve CN’s mineral brown. TCP-55 is close. It might be wise to add a
10-15% gray to cut down this a bit as it may look too bright on a model. Underbody, truck side frames and brake equipment were coated with black car cement.
After 1943, these components were painted mineral brown as well.
Cars were delivered without slogans or medallions. As-delivered lettering was only applied with the reporting marks and road name on the left side of the
door. Beginning in 1945 and to 1954, the maple leaf medallion containing the slightly skewed box “Serves All Canada” was applied. (see Protocraft Decals
CN-3a). Between June 1954 to 1957, the maple leaf with the “Serves All Canada” in a straight horizontal box was applied - decal set CN-3b.
Lettering set designed and created at Protocraft Decals
Both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific adopted the new 1937 AAR design and proceeded to build over 19,000 boxcars each - using the three major Canadian car builders. Unique to the Canadian adoption was a copy of the Murphy flat panel roof (as opposed to the US built car’s which used the Murphy raised panel roof), the specific Canadian ladder-strirup combination; the CN’s different (from the CP) rib arrangement for the 4/5 Dreadnaught ends; and the transverse mounted air reservoir. All employed the square corner end design, wood running boards and Apex Power hand brake assemblies. Beautifully constructed at Boo Rim Precison in Korea using builder’s drawings for a very accurate model. Accurate decals for 3 different paint scheme are available at Protocraft Decals. Cars come with Bettendorf style 50-ton trucks with ball bearings and working journal covers. Wheels are hardened steel sintered rib-back design. Specify O scale or Proto:48