lettering set for Modified 1937 AAR design boxcars - 1953 scheme
Between November 1941 and April 1945, the C&NW took delivery of 3,958 Modied 1937 AAR boxcars. Beginning with series numbers 80252 and through
84250 - a total of 2,000 cars- (even numbers only) the new Murphy Raised Panel roofs were used in place of the Viking roofs. Delivery is as follows:
80252-81450 - Pullman-Standard, Lot 5785 - 600 cars - delivered February 1945 (Murphy roof)
81452-82650 - General American Car, Lot 2964 - 600 cars - delivered April, 1945 (Murphy roof)
82652-84250 - American Car & Foundry, Lot 2719 - 800 cars - delivered December 1944 (Murphy roof)
Paint & Lettering: During 1941-1942 cars (Viking roof cars) were painted a medium red-brown: TCP-923. Between 1943 (Murphy roof cars) and through 1959,
cars were painted with Dupont CNW #3: TCP-925. Be sure and blend in some TCP-179 grey to replicate normal oxidation after a year or two in the elements.
Cars were delivered with black ends; re-paint ends normally car color. Underbody and truck side frames coated with black car cement.
The C&NW used various slogans on dierence series of cars within one Lot number, often, to the disconcernation to those trying to make a rational
understanding of them. Ed Hawkins refers to all this as ‘a subject of considerable complexity”. Further, it would take an enormous library of photographs to
show each group of cars with various, seemingly haphazard, applications of slogans within dierent Lot and Series numbers.
What we have done here is choose a particular Series within Lot 2719, that we have AC&F lettering arrangement drawings for, and designed this decal sheet.
All the necessary photographs for this series are not available to us so we have followed the AC&F drawing and utilize photos here showing the correct decal
placement. Note that the slogan “The Overland Route” is always on the left side of the car; and that all numbers end in an even number.
Paint color would be TCP-923 for cars built in 1941-42; and TCP-925 for cars built in 1943-59. The modeler will just have to chose his individual model carefully, preferably from a prototype photograph. Lettering all white stencil paste. Decal set designed and created at Protocraft Decals
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet