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Yes, I am aware to of the drop leaf abilities of the chairs but to keep the costs down, all the tables are the same size. However as a plus you do get plates, napkins, tablecloths & silverware!rsullivan wrote: Mr. Statkowski. I'm not sure if it was 1+2 seating or 2+2 seating. However, when you look at NYNH&HRR Diagram 25420 Stainless Steel Sheathed Streamlined Dining Cars 900-909 dated October 18, 1949, you will see that the tables on the aisle side of the cars had a drop-leaf. When down, the tables were 2'6" wide, and 3'6-1/2" when up. While the opposite tables were 3'10" wide. The aisle width between the tables was 3'8-1/8" when the drop-leafs were down, and 23-5/8" wide when they were up. I would find walking down the aisle when the drop-leaves were up very uncomfortable. The diagram does not show any chairs, and the written description says, "Furniture: - Dining room has 12 aluminum tables (6 with drop leaf) and Duncan Phyfe chairs." I looked up "Duncan Phyfe chairs" and found out he was an immigrant from Scotland in 1784 and became one of nineteenth-century America's leading cabinetmakers. However, he and his son James closed their family businees in 1847. So, I believe the chairs were replicas of his style of wooden chairs with open backs with intricate designs of wood. The diagram does not show any place to store extra chairs.
Now, looking at the picture of the Rapido Trains 900-909 series dining cars on the order form, the drop leaves are definately in the up position with the very narrow aisle between the tables. The chairs are straight backed and have no open backs with wooden designs and have arms. Some of the dining chairs made by Duncan Phyfe had arms and some were armless. Trusting to the attention to detail Rapido Trains and the various modelers and historians of the NHRHTA who assist Rapido, I believe what we see in the model are a later version of the Duncan Phyfe chairs that were not based on the originals.
If a modeler was really confident in their work and skills, they could remove the table clothes from the tables on the aisle side of a car. Then cut the tables shorter to the down drop-leaf length. Add new table clothes and plates and only one set of chairs to have a uniques car in the 1+2 seat configuration. Myself, I won't change a thing on the Rapido models, but might on my two NHRHTA brass car side models since I will have to rebuild them to be seen in the presence of the Rapido dining cars.
Two cooks, one steward, about three, maybe four, waiters.rsullivan wrote: I remember that there were two cooks but don't remember how many stewards were assigned to each dining car. Was there a set number of stewards per car? Thanks in advance.
Just like most passenger cars you will need to perform some amputations to your passengers in order to get them seated. I added a bunch of passengers to my Parlors & my workbench looked like a slaughterhouse with legs everywhere !nhhe52 wrote:Good to know if one intends to add attendant figures to the cars.Statkowski wrote: Stumpy, the dining car steward, would approve.
Gentlemen: I have been researching the diners for a Shoreliner article to complement the ones previously published (about the Point sleepers, the 8600 coaches, and the parlors); and with some help from my wife Eileen who is very knowledgeable in interior design matters I can tell you those were not Duncan Phyfe chairs, rather "English regency" style. so it appears that the NH was not only a little weak on Colonial historical figures but on furniture design also.rsullivan wrote: Dining room has 12 aluminum tables (6 with drop leaf) and Duncan Phyfe chairs."