I'm working on a model of one of NH's 3800 series baggage cars and have a couple questions. I want to make it so the baggage doors open and consequently want to know wall and floor materials and paint. I've been presuming the floor is hardwood which may have started with a waxed finish and over time has darkened up with use, and I've wondered if the walls and ceiling were just plain (dirty) white or whether the walls or just the lower half of the walls were a gray or eye rest green color. I have also been thinking that the inside walls may have been a horizontal ship lap or similar. I know there are two of these cars in museums in CT. Is there anyone out there that has any insight into this?
Thanks in advance,
Mr. Chapin. From the NYNH&HRR Diagram 24326, dated November 21, 1938, reissued 6-1-40, 9-25-42, 6-1-44, and 1-15-51. "Car converted from wood horse and carriage car, and steel underframe applied at Readville in 1926 - 1929. Flooring: -Double floor thru-out car, with extra hardwood floor at door openings. Insulation: -Hair felt & wood lining thru-out car. Car equipped with floor sockets for storage mail & horse stall equip't." Those are the only notes that seem to apply to your questions. The diagram is in NHRTIA's Passenger Car Diagram Book, Revised Edition (1975). Both diagram 24326 and the NHRTI data sheet 5.3800-3846 (it should probably be 3946) list which of the two types of trucks used by specific car numbers. One type is the Harlan wood and steel composite trucks and the other type was Commonwealth cast steel trucks. If you say which car you are modeling, I will tell which truck goes with that number since they jumped around within the series. I looked through the Shoreliner index, but did not find an article about the 3800 series baggage cars. Went through my other equipment books, but did not find anything else to help with your questions.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr. member #3967