• NH car with BAR paint job?

  • Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
  by markhb
 
I happened to come across this image this evening:
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(Image links to the corresponding Wikipedia page with a much larger version). It depicts a G-scale model car with the Bangor and Aroostook "State of Maine Products" paint job with NYNH&H reporting marks and logo. My question is, did the NH ever actually have any cars with the BAR paint job, and if so, why? Or, is this simply a modeling inaccuracy? Thanks.
  by eddiebehr
 
The New Haven did have some cars with State of Maine paint scheme. 45000-45099 built 1953 by Pacific Car and Foundry. Equipped with charcoal heaters and insulated to keep potatoes from freezing. This was one attempt by the New Haven, a road with large per diem charges, to reduce the impact of those charges by providing cars which would provide them with loads, maybe even in both directions. The potato loads would come from BAR stations in Northern Maine. The BAR had a much larger fleet and sometimes their cars would haul paper products in the non-potato seasons. NH's cars certainly would be put to other uses when the potato traffic wasn't running.
  by Statkowski
 
The New Haven order was tacked on to the rear of the Bangor & Aroostock order as a cost-cutting measure. Both were being used for the same traffic, the stencils (most of them) were already cut, and no new paint colors had to be generated. Painting procedures (labor intensive) didn't have to be rearranged - the assembly line just kept running a little bit longer with minor changes (NH stencils in lieu of BAR stencils).
  by markhb
 
Thanks for the info!
  by Rick Abramson
 
In later years, some of these cars were repainted Box Car Red with the "NH."