HO Scale Kits of NH 15' RPO/Baggage cars

James Fellows
Member
Joined: November 14th, 2003, 10:30 pm

July 10th, 2018, 11:05 am #1

I received an email from John Greene of Bethlehem Car Works that the kit to build the NH 60' RPO/Baggage with the 15' RPO section are ready.

Kit #263 NH RPO/Baggage car kit.

These are a mixture of resin, plastic and brass parts that build into a unique New Haven car.  The web site is : 

http://bethlehemcarworks.com/

It is not listed yet on the site, but you can contact them through the web site.  The car had been on display at the Springfield show and at the New Proto meet in Enfield.

Jim Fellows
Quote
Like
Share

Statkowski
Member
Joined: March 5th, 2003, 4:39 am

July 11th, 2018, 10:37 pm #2

A picture would be nice.  Nothing seen on pictures of the New Proto meet in Enfield.  Anything from the Springfield show?
Quote
Like
Share

James Fellows
Member
Joined: November 14th, 2003, 10:30 pm

July 11th, 2018, 10:59 pm #3

Statkowski wrote:A picture would be nice.  Nothing seen on pictures of the New Proto meet in Enfield.  Anything from the Springfield show?
I have some photos of it from the Springfield show on my Blog:

http://norwichandworcester.blogspot.com ... t.html?m=1

Jim

Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk

Quote
Like
Share

Statkowski
Member
Joined: March 5th, 2003, 4:39 am

July 12th, 2018, 9:45 am #4

It appears that these RPOs are part of the 1930 Bethlehem Steel order, car #s 2790-94.  No 15-ft RPOs show on a 1962 consist book, but they are in the 1955 book.  Used on Pittsfield trains, Winsted/Waterbury trains and Waterbury-Boston trains.

Bethlehem Steel did the originals, now Bethlehem Car Works is doing the scale models.  How appropriate.
Quote
Like
Share

James Fellows
Member
Joined: November 14th, 2003, 10:30 pm

July 12th, 2018, 9:49 am #5

We need to convince them to do the 30' cars next, they remained in service longer then the 15' RPO's.

Jim
Quote
Like
Share

Statkowski
Member
Joined: March 5th, 2003, 4:39 am

July 12th, 2018, 10:49 am #6

I'm not too sure about the 30' RPO cars remaining in service much longer.  Neither 15' nor 30' RPOs are shown in the 1962 consist book, just 60' RPOs.

1955 15-foot RPO usage was as follows:
Boston - Hartford
Boston - Providence
Boston - Waterbury (RDC)
Bridgeport - Waterbury (RDC)
Bridgeport - Winsted
Hartford - Boston
New Haven - New York
New London - Boston (RDC)
New York - New Haven
New York - Stamford (MUT)
Pittsfield - Stamford
Providence - New London (RDC)
Stamford - Pittsfield
Stamford - New York (MUT)
Waterbury - Boston (RDC)
Waterbury - Bridgeport (RDC)
Winsted - Bridgeport

1955 30-foot RPO usage was as follows:
Boston - Hyannis (Std. & RDC)
Boston - Penn. Sta.
Boston - Providence (RDC)
Bridgeport - Winsted
Hyannis - Boston (Std. & RDC)
Penn. Sta. - Boston
Penn. Sta. - Springfield
Providence - Boston (Std. &  RDC)
Springfield - Penn. Sta.
Winsted - Bridgeport

Here are the two consist books mentioned; RPO usage is on the last two pages of each:
http://www.alphabetroute.com/nynhh/equi ... 0PCNST.pdf
http://www.alphabetroute.com/nynhh/equi ... 0PCNST.pdf
Last edited by Statkowski on July 12th, 2018, 11:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Quote
Like
Share

James Fellows
Member
Joined: November 14th, 2003, 10:30 pm

July 12th, 2018, 11:01 am #7

I know that the Waterbury to Boston route indicates the use of a 15' car, I have seen a number of photos with the train using a 30' rpo. 
Quote
Like
Share

Statkowski
Member
Joined: March 5th, 2003, 4:39 am

July 12th, 2018, 11:09 am #8

If used, the 30-footers were substitutes.  The 1955 consist book shows RDC-3s for the run.

List updated to show MUT & RDC RPOs.
Quote
Like
Share

frn1963
Member
Joined: August 29th, 2003, 4:15 pm

July 13th, 2018, 8:56 am #9

Am I right that Funaro & Camerlengo no longer sell the 30’ version they used to have?


Fred Nangle
4723
Quote
Like
Share

James Fellows
Member
Joined: November 14th, 2003, 10:30 pm

July 13th, 2018, 9:23 am #10

Hi Fred,

F&C only had a 60' full RPO for the NH, and the association sold it.  It would be nice if they reissued it as a one piece body kit as the original was flat kit and a bit of a pain to build.
Quote
Like
Share