Looking carefully, is this another major manufacturer's well intended faux New Haven piece of equipment?
I just captured this image of the new Walthers catalog from the Model Railroader monthly newsletter of October 5, 2017. The first thing I saw was a black 'N' over a white 'H' on the left rear door of a trailer in a shade of orange-red. The effect of the 'NH' on orange-red is very Matter like to me and makes me think of the New Haven Railroad piggyback operation and the various trailers. Yes, I know the New Haven had 35' dual axle Fruehauf trailers delivered in 1957 that were red. They were offered in a hardtop version numbered RT-1 to RT-15 and ragtop version numbered RT-101 to RT-115 (maybe RT-100 to RT-114). However, the image I've seen had no writing on the rear doors. SpeedWitch, vol. 2, iss. 1, on pages 4 and 5, shows an offering of N and HO scale New Haven Piggyback Trailer Decals from Highball Graphics. The decaling diagram shown on page 5 does not have any markings on the rear doors.
Question? Is Walthers previewing a new release of a trailer in a New Haven paint scheme on the cover which will be found inside the catalog? Did any of the hardtop RT-1 to RT-15 trailers have NH markings on the rear doors? Regarding what is inside will be answered shortly since the catalog is being fielded now. Regarding NH markings on the rear doors of the red Fruehauf trailers is the real question that can be answered on the Forum.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr. member #3967
Don't be surprised if this turns out to be a future GROAN!