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The Streamlined Coaches

November 1st, 2001

The New Haven Railroad ordered 180 new passenger cars from Pullman-Standard during late 1945 and early 1946 to fully re-equip its highest class intercity trains and better prepare the railroad to compete against the automobile and airliner in the immediate postwar era. The majority of these new stainless steel sided cars, 103 in all, were coaches. These coaches, which were numbered 8600 through 8702, were delivered in several batches during 1947 and 1948. The postwar coaches were the workhorses of the New Haven's passenger fleet through the Penn Central merger. Although Amtrak did not elect to take any of these cars for its intercity fleet in 1971, many continued to soldier on in suburban service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the Metro North Commuter Railroad through the 1980s. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Coach SeatThe New Haven's postwar coaches were equipped with Haywood-Wakefield reclining seats. These seats were upholstered in dark blue mohair fabric. Linen head rest covers decorated with a blue "script" monogram were used up through 1954 or 1955, at which time the coach seats were fitted with permanent vinyl slipcovers.

Each postwar coach carried its number on a pair of stainless steel plaques, one per side. A red stripe under the number, as seen here, indicated that the car had been refurbished.Car Number

Script MonogramAs delivered, the postwar coaches were decorated with hunter green window bands and black "script" monograms on square stainless steel plaques. Each car had four of these plaques, two per side, centered over its trucks. The "script" monograms were actually etched into the metal using acid or a sandblasting process to help the paint adhere to the otherwise smooth stainless steel surface.

The McGinnis administration introduced a new corporate color scheme and logo during late 1954. The postwar coaches swapped their hunter green window bands for  red-orange and their "script" monograms for the new "NH" logo during the summer of 1955. The "NH" logo was painted on the side opposite the "script" monogram. Thus, most plaques found today have the older "script" monogram (which was protected from exposure) instead of the "NH". NH Logo

Paper Towel RackThis is a paper towel holder from a postwar coach's washroom. The decorative "script" monogram was actually engraved into the stainless steel plate and then painted hunter green.

Each postwar coach had a stainless steel builder's plate, like this example, fixed to one of the bulkheads inside its passenger compartment.Builder's Plate

Wooden Advertising DisplayThis unique wooden display was hung up at a passenger  station or ticket office during the late 1940s to  promote the new postwar  coaches.

The New Haven placed full-page advertisements such as this one in magazines and newspapers to promote its new coaches and other passenger equipment. This advertisement was run in Railway Age magazine in 1946,  some time before any of these cars had actually been delivered to the railroad.Magazine Ad


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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