HO Scale New Haven 8600 Coaches

HO NH 8600-Series Coaches

In order to attract customers back to the rails after the end of WWII, the New Haven decided to modernize the fleet with new lightweight passenger cars. In December 1945 a large order was placed with Pullman-Standard for a variety of car styles, including 103 coaches, 25 parlor cars, diners, grill diners, combination baggage buffet lounge/parlors, and two tavern lounge observation cars. These were produced in the old Osgood Bradley factory in Worcester, MA, so they bear more than a passing resemblance to the Osgood Bradley Lightweights delivered in the 1930s.

The New Haven’s stainless cars were not built entirely from stainless steel like the cars produced by Budd in Philadelphia. Instead, they were constructed from Cor-Ten steel and sheathed with stainless steel fluting panels. The New Haven touted the 8600s as “the newest of the new in coach equipment – gleaming stainless steel on the outside, the last word in attractive decoration and design on the inside.”

The 8600-series coaches were ubiquitous, used on trains system-wide from delivery until the Penn Central years. Penn Central later sold 74 of the 8600s to MBTA and they remained in service in the Boston area until 1988! Northeastern modelers have waited far too long for accurate models of these iconic cars. The wait will soon be over.

14310441_1092440814175115_5991895731172284898_oOur HO scale model of the 8600-series coach is being produced in association with the New Haven Railroad
Historical and Technical Association (
NHRHTA)
.

Our HO Scale Model Features:

  • Accurately scaled from original blueprints
  • Designed with input from NHRHTA
  • Correct tubular cross section with accurate Pullman-Standard stainless steel fluting profile
  • Rapido’s renowned stainless steel finish at the correct color temperature for New Haven’s cars
  • Partial skirting or no skirting as appropriate
  • Full underbody detail with separate air, steam and electrical lines
  • All-new 41-BNO-11 outside swinghanger trucks with blackened metal wheelsets
  • Full interior detail including see-through armrests
  • Operating diaphragms with end gates
  • Track-powered constant lighting for DC and DCC layouts
  • Separate grab irons, factory-installed
  • Can operate on 18″ radius curves (minimum 24″ radius without any modification)
  • Macdonald-Cartier metal magnetic knuckle couplers
  • Ten car numbers plus un-numbered available per paint scheme
NH 8600s pictured on Chris Adams's layout. Photo by Bill Schneider.

NH 8600s pictured on Chris Adams’s New Haven Valley Line. Photo by Bill Schneider.

NH 8600s pictured on Chris Adams's layout. Photo by Bill Schneider.

NH 8600s pictured on Chris Adams’s New Haven Valley Line. Photo by Bill Schneider.

Some product numbers will be exclusively available through NHRHTA.

Sorry the order deadline has closed for these models. Please check with your dealer or contact us for more information.
These cars were delivered in fall 2016.

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Available Paint Schemes:
NEW HAVEN – DELIVERY WITH SKIRTS PENN CENTRAL – WITHOUT SKIRTS
NEW HAVEN – McGINNIS WITH SKIRTS MBTA – WITHOUT SKIRTS
NEW HAVEN – McGINNIS WITHOUT SKIRTS PAINTED, UNLETTERED
HO New Haven 8600 coach - New Haven Delivery
New Haven – Delivery Scheme with skirts
Item Car Number
17001 8600
17002 8608
17003 8612
17004 8626
17005 8638
17006 8642
17007 8653
17008 8656
17009 8683
17010 8701
17011 Un-numbered (Include decal sheet)
HO New Haven 8600 coach - New Haven McGinnis with skirts
New Haven – McGinnis Scheme with skirts
Item Car Number Available exclusively fromClick here
17012 8605
17013 8614
17014 8623
17015 8637
17016 8646
17017 8654
17018 8668
17019 8670
17020 8681
17021 8702
17022 Un-numbered (Include decal sheet)
HO New Haven 8600 coach - New Haven McGinnis without skirts
New Haven – McGinnis Scheme without skirts
Item Car Number
17023 8602
17024 8613
17025 8615
17026 8632
17027 8641
17028 8644
17029 8648
17030 8650
17031 8659
17032 8698
17033 Un-numbered (Include decal sheet)
HO New Haven 8600 coach - Penn Central without skirts
Penn Central without skirts
Item Car Number
17034 2500
17035 2522
17036 2533
17037 2549
17038 2551
17039 2555
17040 2569
17041 2574
17042 2578
17043 2595
17044 Un-numbered (Include decal sheet)
HO New Haven 8600 coach - MBTA without skirts
MBTA without skirts
Item Car Number
17045 2518
17046 2524
17047 2530
17048 2532
17049 2554
17050 2560
17051 2562
17052 2569
17053 2591
17054 2598
17055 Un-numbered (Include decal sheet)
HO New Haven 8600 coach - Painted unlettered with skirts
Painted – Stainless steel finsh, unlettered, with skirts
Item Car Number
17098 With skirts
HO New Haven 8600 coach - Painted unlettered with skirts
Painted – Stainless steel finsh, unlettered, without skirts
17099 Without skirts

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What about the….?

If the 8600-series coaches do well, we will definitely produce the parlors, possibly produce the diners and combines, and, um, we’ll get back to you about the tavern observation cars!

(There were only two prototype tavern observation cars made but we’d probably need you each to buy four of them in order for us to make a profit…)

 

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