Atlas announced HO ice reefers I-60 & I-63

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rsullivan
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November 22nd, 2017, 12:52 pm #11

Mr. Kasey, New Haven reefer #22526 pictured above did not become an ice service car according to Mr. Clapp's article. I listed those series of cars, as well as the earlier numbered reefer series cars, to show that the reefers owned and used by the New Haven were disposed of by lease to Fruit Growers Express, or 22 of the 25 were converted to reach cars and tool train truck cars. NH 22526 probably became either a reach car or tool train truck car. Exactly what happened to the three cars in that series isn't specified in the article. It is interesting that a postal / baggage car was designated as a ice service car. (For those who can't see, my tongue is pushing my cheek away from my face.) Perhaps, it was used to cool off hot tempered railroaders. Or, for mail order ice cream, and/or frozen express bulk shipments. (My tongue has returned to its normal position, in case you can't see.) Ice service car #I-75 appears to have had an entire repainting and then the railroad name and reporting numbers were added. That ice service car #I-74 had its heralds and reporting marking scrapped off, and #I-75 appears to have been repainted adds more of a question. #I-74 was acquired in December of 1957, and I-60 was painted without a herald or road name in April of 1957. #I-75 had to be acquired in the December, 1957 to early 1958 time frame (if the New Haven numbered the cars in order of acquisition), yet it was fully painted and with the railroad name unlike #I-60. It also has more of an orangey color which makes me wonder if the New Haven changed from one of the boxcar red colors to NH Serial #406 (early) or NH Serial #409 for this car and that was the faded color when the picture was taken in 1967. I know that from all the articles in Shoreliner and coments from railroaders on the Forum, the New Haven paint shops always followed the painting diagrams and instructions to the letter. (Look at my cheek.)
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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nhhe52
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November 22nd, 2017, 1:23 pm #12

Thanks guys for all the time period info.

Ed
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November 22nd, 2017, 3:01 pm #13

Richard,
I posted the photo of 22526 only because you mentioned it &  thought everyone would like seeing it. As far as the paint colors go the New Haven usually painted most MOW cars boxcar brown, freight car brown, freight car red or whatever name you want to call them. The browns seemed to fade to a pinkish or reddish color for some reason, like Hunter green faded to a blue-ish shade To the best of my knowledge the NH never used #406, #409 #428 or #19 red/oranges for MOW cars. Those colors were used on revenue freight equipment, motive power, passenger cars, cabooses & possibly marine applications The wire train & wreck train equipment was painted a red but I don't the exact color or code #. Often times the paint shop used paint that was on hand at the time & not necessarily the ones specified in the painting diagrams. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule & to the things I mentioned.
By the way, I really like your theory on the I-76 being used for express delivery of ice cream! 

John
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rsullivan
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November 22nd, 2017, 3:56 pm #14

Thanks Mr. Kasey for the clarification on NH22526 and the use of the various colors of brown/red used by the New Haven on MOW equipment. Probably because there were several manufacturers and stock numbers over the years, these colors weren't included in the New Haven Color Guide (1998). The reason I wondered aloud about the color used was the faded color having such an orangey tint in just ten years. I don't see any paint patches to indicate the original markings were painted over, and that is why I surmised it was a totally repainted car. It looks closer to the PFE orange on #I-74 after 13 years shown on page 109 of NH Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment (1995). The New Haven Color Guide does say "there were definately hard and fast rules in the company as to the manner in which the equipment was painted." It goes on to suggest trying to change them at your own company without authorization to find out if paint shops could simply do what they wanted to. But, before I get a citation from the thread drift police, both models offered by Atlas of ice service cars #I-60 and #I-63 are in the MOW freight car red / brown seen in the pictures. At least the computer renditions are.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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