Thursday, October 22, 2020

Throwback Thursday: More on the Car from which the Headlight came...



As I try to piece together where my locomotive headlight came from, I received some additional information from Bill on the car where it ended its service...

The car was built at the Worcester, MA plant of Osgood Bradley Car in 1907.

As built, the car was copper clad with a truss-rod under frame and open ends.  One window was located on each end to the left of the doors.

The letter board was also copper clad with “New York New Haven and Hartford” spelled out in gold-leafed cast aluminum letters.

The interior of the car as built had an African Mahogany interior.  Seating had mahogany walk-over frames with burgundy plush upholstery.  Ceiling panels were painted light apple green with a dark green band surrounding each panel with a gold leaf stenciled pattern applied.  The cars are equipped with Pintsch gas lightning fixtures.

In 1929, #1591 and a number of other copper clads were rebuilt at Readville Shop for suburban service.  The car received a steel under frame, steel ends and electric lighting.  The interior woodwork was painted over and the car renumbered #4404.

When removed from passenger service, circa 1949, it was rebuilt again for wire train service as W-162.
As an example of early push-pull, the lead end of the car had the steel on the end removed, the end window from the opposite end was installed on the right side of the door.  Hand operated windshield wipers were installed on these windows.

A Golden Glow headlight was installed on the roof end cap and whistles for signaling installed.  An air pressure gauge and brake handle were also installed.

On the interior, the seats were removed, lockers and tool bins and a desk for the foreman were installed.  Heating was by means of two coal burning stoves, one on each end.

The car operated on the Bridgeport wire train for most of its time in company service.

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