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Thank you Richard! I didn't have a magnifying glass to look closer; all I could see is what appeared (to me) to be the dome hump. And I don't have a consist book, so I could not do adequate research on what the railroad normally deployed.rsullivan wrote: Mr. Vandibe. I looked at it under a magnifier and what I saw was the top of the roof was just about even with the two stainless steel streamline passenger cars on each end. The roof appears flat for the whole length. A short vertical drop goes from one end to the other, and at the base of the drop is a sharply arched roof connecting to the passenger car letterboard. To me it appears to be a heavy weight passenger car with the non-air conditioning duct side visible. That is why the verticle drop of the clerestory roof is visible for the whole length of the passenger car. The air conditioning duct side would have a bulge along the clerestory connecting the top of the roof to the letterboard for the length of the ducts emptying into the car's interior. I suspect it was a parlor car since the April 26, 1953 consist list E Parlor, Sleeping and Dining Car Service on pages 20 and 21 of Shoreliner, vol 39, iss 3, show the Day Cape Codder having parlor car, dining or grill car, and coaches in the consist. By 1953, all name train out of New York would have streamline passenger cars from either the first order or the stainless steel fleets, and the caption of the consist chart reads "The business was there, and there was a great deal of it, so much so, that many heavy weight cars remained in service to cover the demand up until 1958." So, based on the flat roof line the whole length of the car, the height of the roof just a little above the streamline cars on each end of it, the clerestory roof, and the need to use heavy weight parlor cars on named passenger trains, I believe you are looking at one of the New Haven's heavy weight parlor cars that was not converted into a commuter coach in the butterflies to caterpillars program. That is my photo interpertation, and I welcome anyone else to help out, because I could always be wrong.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr. member #3967