order to attract customers back to the rails after the end of WWII, the New Haven
decided to modernize the fleet with new lightweight passenger cars. In December
1945 a large order was placed with Pullman-Standard for a variety of car styles,
including 103 coaches, 25 parlor cars, diners, grill diners, combination baggage
buffet lounge/parlors, and two tavern lounge observation cars. These were produced
in the old Osgood Bradley factory in Worcester, MA, so they bear more than a passing
resemblance to the Osgood Bradley Lightweights delivered in the 1930s.
Complete interior with smoking compartment.
The New Havens stainless cars were not built entirely from stainless steel
like the cars produced by Budd in Philadelphia. Instead, they were constructed
from Cor-Ten steel and sheathed with stainless steel fluting panels. The New Haven
touted the 8600s as the newest of the new in coach equipment gleaming
stainless steel on the outside, the last word in attractive decoration and design
on the inside.
8600-series coaches were ubiquitous, used on trains system-wide from delivery
until the Penn Central years. Penn Central later sold 74 of the 8600s to MBTA
and they remained in service in the Boston area until 1988! N Scale Northeastern
modelers have waited far too long for accurate models of these iconic cars. The
wait will soon be over.
before available in N scale
Accurately scaled from original blueprints
Designed with input from NHRHTA
Correct tubular cross section
with accurate Pullman-Standard stainless steel fluting profile
renowned stainless steel finish at the correct color temperature for New Havens
Partial skirting or no skirting as appropriate
41-BNO-11 outside swinghanger trucks with metal wheelsets
and underbody detail
End diaphragms with etched metal end gates
Easy-Peasy battery-operated interior lighting
car numbers plus un-numbered available per paint scheme