CF caboose roof material question

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Sat May 11 16:03:19 EDT 2019

Jim King,

To follow up on Jim Nichols answer to you on the refit of the N&W Cabooses from treated tarpaper as built new starting in Aug-1914 to the seamed metal roofing.

NW Drawing E-26991 in the NWHS Archives is a drawing of the "Chicago-Cleveland" Out Side Metal Roof for Cabin Car Class CF dated October 6th 1926 with revision dates the following:

Drawing date 8-6-26, with the following revisions:

  *   2-11-27
  *   6-23-27
  *   6-6-33
  *   9-28-34
  *   11-14-34
  *   12-10-36
  *   5-12-38
  *   2-1-52 (Last revision on this drawing)

As you can see the conversion was at least drawn up rather early, still though 12 years after construction, as for how long it took to upgrade all the CF's is unknown to me and when they actually started installing the metal roofing was certainly in the 1920's i'd say, lasting till the end of their service.

Enjoy, and Happy Modeling!

Steve Smith
Roanoke VA


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Message: 1

 The metal roofs were applied before the '50's.
Jim Nichols

    On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:43:33 AM CDT, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:

These appear to have tin roofs with noticeable raised, rolled seams.? Was this applicable to late 50s?? 518732 shot was made long after end of steam but still retains steam era lettering and a ?metal? roof?


Jim King


Message: 2

 Read page 34 of the Bowers and Brewer N&W Caboose book. (If you don't already have it, you need to buy a copy). The CF's originally had a wood roof covered with a canvas like material, saturated with an asphalt like material. Eventually the canvas material was replaced with metal sheets which were applied over the wood roof and sealed with a waterproofing material. (Dednox or Mortex according to an instruction Charlie S. found)For your era, the metal roof was universal, so don't simulate tar paper.
Jim Nichols

    On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:43:34 AM CDT, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:

Tarpaper, tin or both?


Jim King

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