The New Haven RR in 1959                 
                                                   ...gone but not forgotten

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Cabeese of the New Haven Railroad

The New Haven Railroad had many types of cabeese or "hacks" over the years.  I will not be modeling all types, but here are some photos of types that did operate around 1959.  Correlating paint schemes with road numbers can be challenging in some cases and easy as pie in others as you will see.

Class NE is exemplified by C-118.  This class consisted of cabeese C-1 to C-269 and were built by the New Haven in Readville Shops about 1922.  These cars were originally numbered 500249 to 500600 and were equipped with arch bar or casts steel trucks.  These cabeese were the shortest the New Haven owned, measuring 24' over the end sills.


Another large group of hacks were constructed between 1926 and 1928, generally relegating the NE series to non-revenue service.  Those that may have remained in revenue service after the arrival of the NE-4's were displaced upon the purchase of the Class NE-5 hacks about 1944.  C-118 ended up serving as the hack for the Maybrook Tool Train wearing a rather unique paint scheme.


I've modeled C-118 from the Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit originally produced for the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association decades ago.  It took me a while to get started on it (February 2006), but it's finally complete (July 2010).  I've detailed the interior completely.  I've added some photos of the interior to the MOW page on this site as well.  The Maybrook Tool Train was not painted in standard New Haven revenue service colors.  I used Testors Guard Red for the body, and I think it's a reasonable representation of the color used on the Tool Train.  In addition to constructing the interior, I also added window glass.  Other than the addition of a smoke stack and Golden Glow headlight on one end of the roof, most of what you see on the car came with the kit.  This was an enjoyable kit to build even though it was my first resin kit.

 Next is Class NE-2 C-505.  This was one of a series of six cabeese in the series C-500 to C-505 built in 1923 by the Keith Car and Manufacturing Company.  Keith Car built many box cars for the New Haven and had a manufacturing site new Sagamore, MA on Cape Cod.

These were the first steel Cabeese for the New Haven.  They were equipped for express service, having steam and brake lines compatible with passenger service equipment.  Often they were assigned to mail express trains that ran from Boston to Penn Station and points beyond.  While certainly not a large class, I thought it worthwhile to include one example on my roster.  The carbody and underframe are from the Bowser Pennsy N-5 kit.  

This kit comes with "crash ends" - a very heavy-duty end rail configuration that is not at all correct for the NE-2.  In addition to adding NBW casting and grabs, I modified and Eastern Car Works Caboose end detail kit to approximate the NE-2 ends.  The windows are another Eastern Car Works product.  Other detail parts include the smokestack, tool box, and steps on the end.  Tichy Express Trucks are the closest correct truck for this caboose, but there are a couple of small radius curves in my freight yard that this car as equipped with those trucks could not negotiate, so I had to substitute and pair of modified Athearn express reefer trucks that purport to have the same wheelbase, but are about 3-4 scale inches shorter, allowing my model to handle all curves on my layout.  The lettering for this car is from the Microscale New Haven Caboose decal set which provides a truly amazing variety of lettering for all eras of New Haven cabeese.


New Haven Class NE-3 - (not pictured) This was the smallest class of New Haven cabeese consisting of only five cars numbered C-506 to C-509.  Built by Osgood Bradley in 1928, they were also steel cars and very simiilar in design to the NE-2 class.  There were about three feet longer over the end sills than Class NE-2, an were similarly equipped for express service.  I have no model of the caboose. but I believe brass models have been available over the years, and I suppose a couple of Bowser N-5's could be kitbashed to make a reasonable model.


New Haven Class NE-4 - (not pictured).  This was a very large class of wood cabeese numbered from C-300 to C-419.  These were wood cars built unsing the steel underframes from former NH box cars by the East Hartford Shops of the New Haven between 1926 to 1928.  These cars were originally numbered in the series from 501001 to 501120 and equipped with arch bar trucks.  With the arrival of the next class of cabeese, which were built new and of all steel construction, the NE-4's were removed from service and a few survived in non-revenue service.  This car has been available as a brass model.  I have no plans to build one of these, but if photographic evidence surfaces that one was kicking around in 1959 somewhere on the New Haven, I would probably build this from a kitbash of resin Class NE kits.


Next on deck is Class NE-5.  These were built in 1944 by Pullman Standard and numbered in the series C-510 to C-634.  The paint schemes applied to these and the last class of New Haven cabeese from ca. 1955 in the McGinnis era and onward, really create a "circus" type atmosphere.  Originally, however, they were delivered in the more sedate scheme shown on C-505 above.

Intermountain has released a plastic RTR version of the NE-5 in four road numbers painted in the delivery scheme.  In addition, NHRHTA (see my "Links" page) is releasing the IM NE-5 painted in four McGinnis scheme road numbers.  Here's a photo of the IM (Centralia Car Shops) C-616 in the delivery scheme.  I've posted a very short review of this product on my "Work in Progress" page, and reference the detailed review by Randy Hammill on his website (see my "Links" page).


Recently the New Haven Railroad Technical and Historical Association (NHRHTA; see my "Links" page) sponsored a special run of the IM/CCS NE-5's in McGinnis colors.  There were four numbers in the run altogether, and these models are now listed as available on the Intermountain web site.

To the left is C-631.  On my "Work in Progress" page I've posted a couple of photos to compare my own NE-5 C-628 (pictured below) and an Atlas NE-6 which is also in the McGinnis scheme for comparative purposes.

Here is my model of C-583.  This was a very unique paint scheme indeed, since there are only two Class NE-5 cabeese documented by photos in the black livery.  C-583 was all black (with red safety grabs that I still have ot paint) and C-594 was black with white added to the ends in order to improve visibility.  That scheme has been reproduced by Atlas in model form on their NE-6 caboose.  C-583 is an older Alco Models brass caboose and should stand up well in appearance compared to the Intermountain version as it is very accurately detailed - especially for an older brass model.  Shooting it with New Haven Caboose black and applying decals from the previously mentioned Microscale set was about all there was to it!  

This was the first brass model from my collection that I painted and I thought it best for my inexperience to stick with black.  Now I know it's no different than painting my plastic models other than a bit of different prep work, so later in 2008 I should get more of my brass painted!

The next NE-5 is C-628 and decorated in the "classic" "New Image" (McGinnis) scheme.  This in an early limited production casting produced several years ago by Branford Hobbies.  It's crude by todays' standards, but seeing as how the only other options were the Alco Models brass caboose or the old Car Shops brass kit, I thought to give this one a try.  The body is a one-piece casting to which I've added appropriate grabs in the pre-drilled holes.  There never was an end railing produced for this car...perhaps an omen of troubles ot come as with the Intermountain model.  This carbody fits on a slightly modified Atlas NE-6 underframe very well although the underbody detail is completely wrong.  To complete this car I'll use modified Atlas NE-6 ends and add a brass smokestack.  

At this point, I am not sure if I will correct the underframe detail.  When the IM cabeese arrive I may simply check the fit of this carbody on an IM underframe...maybe check the end railings, too.  This car was painted with Testors Hemi Orange which seems to be a reasonable match for New Haven Red-Orange or "Vermillion".  The lettering for this hack is from the same Microscale set that has lettered so many of my other cabeese.

The last class of New Haven cabeese is NE-6.  These were numbered in series C635 to C-709 following the NE-5's.  This class was built by International Car and Equipment Company for the New Haven between 1947 and 1948.  Atlas has produced a very nice plastic model of this caboose that is greatly appreciated by New Haven modelers of both steam and diesel eras.  They have released this caboose model in three paint schemes, two of which are presented here.  In addition, NHRHTA has produced a limited run of this caboose (from Atlas) which was painted in the last scheme used by the New Haven, commonly called the "dip" scheme for its simplicity.  It's really a variation of the Alpert ("Trustee") schemes applied to motive power, Class XM and Class XIH box cars.

Above is my model on C-655.  What I had to do here was basically take the model out of the box and place it on my layout.  Doesn't get any easier than that, does it?

Last but certianly not least is Atlas models Class NE-6 C-667.  This model is in the delivery scheme that was also the common scheme for all cabeese going back to the Class NE after the renumbering.  In early, cabeese through the NE-4's may have had "NYNH&H" instead of "New Haven" spelled out on the car side.  For Classes NE-5 and NE-6, the scheme worn by C-667 was the delivery scheme.  As with C-655 above, not much more to do that remove the model from the box and enjoy!


I hope you've enjoyed this overview of modeling New Haven cabeese!