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  • Discussion of the historical operations related to the Central Railroad of New Jersey; Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; Lehigh Valley; and the Reading Company. Visit the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society for more information.
Discussion of the historical operations related to the Central Railroad of New Jersey; Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; Lehigh Valley; and the Reading Company. Visit the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society for more information.

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  by riffian
 
Asked this on the Reading Board, with no response - thought I'd give it a try here.

I have a few questions concerning reclining seat coaches and dining/cafe cars I hope someone on this list can answer.

Were all reclining seat coaches rebuilt and semi streamlined from regular Bethlehem commuter car fleet? If so, what year and how many? I have seen photos of the wide windowed cars with skirts, but also what appear to be regular commuter cars listed as with "reclining seats". The 1954 Reading passenger car roster from the Fallen Flags site lists only 5 reclining seat coaches, each with either 53 or 59 seats.

Restaurant or cafe cars 1186 to 1189 were heavy cars with six-wheel trucks, at least two of which still exist ( 1186, 1189). These cars seemed to have been lettered for the train they were assigned to, ie "Wall Street" "King Coal", etc. Any info on these cars would be greatly appreciated. They appear to be perhaps post war rebuilds and streamstyled. Were they only assigned to one train or did they make two round trips a day, for instance Philadelphia - Pottsville on the King Coal and Schuylkill which from 50's timetables appear was possible.

Any information greatly appreciated.
  by riffian
 
Thanks for the suggestion - most appreciated and it answers most of my questions.