Is A Major Manufacturer Promoting Faux New Haven Item?

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Is A Major Manufacturer Promoting Faux New Haven Item?

rsullivan
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Joined: 14 Dec 2016, 20:36

06 Oct 2017, 00:14 #1

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
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DBrion
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Joined: 21 Jun 2006, 05:52

06 Oct 2017, 04:23 #2

Richard,

Don't be surprised if this turns out to be a future GROAN!
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rsullivan
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06 Oct 2017, 07:00 #3

Mr. DBrion. My first thought was surprise when the recognizable 'NH' caught my eye, followed by elation, then when the whole scene regitered in my mind's eyeview the thought was GROAN. The locomotive is a Milwaukee Road GP, and the trailer's number is 45010(end of page where last number belongs) which is correct for the renumbering of the series to NHZZ 450001-450015 and 450101-450115 (450100-450114) that occurred in 1963. But, incorrect for the hardtops since the ragtops were NHZZ 450101-450115. Not being familiar with the Milwaukee Road's locomotives, I looked up unit 1500 and found it was GP-35 and the unit was renumbered to 1500 in 1968 when the Milwaukee renumbered all their locomotives. So, the catalog's cover scene is 1968 or later which makes it in the last year of the New Haven Railroad's separate railroad identity. Their online catalog doesn't have any 35' vertical ribbed trailers, only fluted side trailers. But, they may have a future release announcement inside the catalog they aren't going to spoil online. So, I had to share and maybe someone else would run the discussion on GROANING and possibilities based upon the years those specific trailers were in service, how free ranging they were, how quickly the PC renumbered them, and so on. You were the first GROAN Mr. DBrion at 4 hours and 9 minutes. Thanks.
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rsullivan
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06 Oct 2017, 22:41 #4

Just received a survey from Walthers and I wanted to show what they are asking in question 15.
15. How likely would you be to purchase one or more HO Scale WalthersMainline Budd cars, painted for the following railroads, if offered at a price similar to our current WalthersMainline passenger cars?
Below it are bubbles to fill in for:      Definitely No        Probably No       Maybe       Probably Yes       Definitely Yes
                                                                 ○                         ○                      ○                   ○                          ○
Now the tenth railroad listed is (drum roll please), Yes, you guessed it, The New Haven. While the survey is confidential, I will tell you I checked Definately No.
At least they are thinking of us, even if Budd didn't make stainless steel streamline passenger cars for the New Haven. The RDC-1's, RDC-2's, RDC-3's, RDC-4's, and the Hot Rod RDC train named the Roger Williams were made in glorious stainless steel for the New Haven. Guess we will have to watch in the special announcements and the next catalog or two just to see.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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