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New Equipment Brochures #1

February 1st, 2005

The New Haven typically produced some kind of brochure for distribution to the public when new equipment arrived on the property, especially new passenger equipment. Here are a few representative examples of publicity brochures for new equipment dating from the early to mid 1930s. All items (with one exception) from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Modern Giants The "Modern Giants" brochure was published about 1929 to promote the relatively new R-3 "Mountain" type steam freight locomotives and EP-2 passenger electrics.  The R-3s were built by the American Locomotive Company during the mid to late 1920s. The EP-2s were built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in four separate batches starting in 1919 and ending in 1928. 
In 1930 the New Haven distributed a bona-fide bound hardcover book, not a booklet or brochure as was usually the case, to present the new "Yankee Clipper" first-class passenger train to the public. This book contains numerous photographs of each car employed on both "sides" of the train (Boston-New York and New York-Boston) as it was in its original pre-coach format. Yankee Clipper
Epoch in Coach Travel This large-format brochure was distributed in 1930 to promote a group of air conditioned heavyweight coaches that were built for the New Haven by Osgood Bradley. An unusual feature of this profusely-illustrated item is the translucent end papers which were heavily embossed with an art-deco spider web design.
This "Comet" brochure, distributed during 1935, is a classic and highly sought after item. It unfolds, accordion-like, to reveal a full-color profile exterior view of the entire train on one side while the other side features a complete interior view! Comet
Bessler Train Here's the cover of a brochure produced during 1936 to promote the New Haven's unique "Besler Train", a steam-powered streamliner built by the Budd company using two cosmetically remodeled heavyweight passenger cars. I do not have this particular brochure in my collection but would love to obtain an example!
During the mid to late 1930s the New Haven obtained 100 lightweight coaches from Pullman-Standard's Osgood Bradley works. This brochure, which opened up to reveal interior and exterior profiles, was distributed to promote these cars. Lightweight Coaches
Lightweight Coaches Here's a different brochure that was distributed during the mid 1930s to promote the New Haven's then-new Osgood Bradley lightweight coaches. These are the cars that were modeled in "S" and "HO" by the American Flyer toy train company during the 1940s and 1950s. The same artwork employed in the center-fold of this brochure was also reproduced in a number of system timetables published during the latter half of the 1930s.


January 2005: Happy Birthday to the NH Logo!

December 2004: Railroad Telephone Directories

November 2004: Dining Car Department Manuals

October 2004: New Haven Railroad Gate Signs

September 2004: Freight Station Signs

August 2004: Early Menu Covers

July 2004: Menu Covers of the 1930s Era

June 2004: Menu Covers of the 1940s Era

May 2004: The "Photomatic" Photo Machines

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

August 2003: Travel Folders #2

July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

February 2003: Sleeping Car Service

January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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