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HO Scale NH Stainless Steel Dining Car

The New Haven Stainless-Steel Dining Car is in Stock!


Unboxing Rapido's New Haven Dining Car


The New Haven Railroad was very proud of its dining car services. Through the years they offered extensive menus on their first-class passengers on trains like The Merchant’s Limited and The Yankee Clipper. Many of these trains initially carried two diners to help keep up with the demand.

Dining Car Lewis Morris, showing its as-delivered appearance with skirts and green window band. NHRHTA photo.


After WWII the New Haven started a massive upgrade of its passenger equipment, ordering stainless-steel clad cars from Pullman’s Worcester plant (formally Osgood Bradley). Included in these orders were ten stainless steel diners which were delivered in 1949. Named after famous individuals from New England’s history, these cars could serve 48 customers at a time.


Dining Car Samuel Huntington, showing the revised McGinnis paint scheme and lack of a skirt. NHRHTA photo.



Rapido’s HO scale model continues our series of New Haven passenger cars and is the perfect compliment to our stainless-steel coaches and parlor cars. They have been developed with the help of the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association (NHRHTA) and feature:

  • Accurately designed from original blueprints
  • Correct tubular cross section
  • Rapido’s renowned stainless steel finish
  • Partial skirting or no skirting as appropriate for each scheme
  • Full and correct interior details including kitchen and detailed tables with cloths
  • Track-powered constant lighting for DC and DCC
  • Full underbody details
  • Operating diaphragms with end gates
  • Separate grab irons, factory-installed
  • 61-BNO-11 trucks with blackened metal wheels
  • 22” minimum radius (18” radius with modification)
  • Macdonald-Cartier metal magnetic knuckle couplers

In addition to Rapido’s offerings, NHRHTA will be offering an exclusive run of McGinnis cars with full skirts. Details can be found on their web site For USA and International customers, the MSRP is $139.95 . In Canada, the MSRP is $159.95. As usual, these passenger dining cars will be made to order.



New Haven publicity photo showing the interior of the new dining cars. The Rapido model will come complete with all the trim and table furnishings. Wait staff not included. NHRHTA collection.