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Odds and Ends #2

May 1st, 2002

Here are a group of New Haven Railroad artifacts that have nothing in common other than the fact that each is unusual and rarely encountered. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Alarm BellElectric cow bells such as this example were installed on station platforms all over the railroad to warn passengers that a train was approaching. Such bells were also sometimes installed at grade crossings on secondary lines. Up through the late 1980s there was one of these cow bells still in place at a grade crossing on Cape Cod. Note the New Haven's  N.Y.N.H.&H.R.R. initials cast into the iron box that holds the bell's solenoid and other 'guts'.

Centrex Handbook

Cast iron trust plates, such as the example shown above that came off a Pullman Standard PS-2 boxcar, were affixed to leased locomotives, freight cars, and passenger cars so that the lessor of the equipment (in this case the Irving Trust Company) could reclaim their property in the event the New Haven defaulted on the lease. The plates were removed from equipment only after it was paid for in full. 

Timetable HolderThis cardboard timetable holder was issued to stations in the Boston area during the mid to late 1960s. The NH unfolds to form a container for pocket sized commuter or condensed system timetables and there is an easel on the back to allow the timetable holder to sit on a table or shelf. The 'Train Yourself to Relax' cartoon was a common feature of public timetables and advertising material during the New Haven's final years.

The New Haven's 'Washboard' electric MU commuter coaches and club cars of 1954 were fitted with stainless steel exterior signage that was decorated using pre-printed 3M 'Scotchlite' adhesive sheeting. The 'Scotchlite' material, which had reflective qualities for high visibility at night, was originally silver in color but tended to oxidize to a yellowish color over time as seen on this example. More commonly seen are the bare stainless steel logo plates applied to the Pullman Standard stainless steel sheathed passenger cars.Washboard MU Car Logo Plate

FL-9 Artwork

This is the original color designer's artwork for the New Haven's EMD EDER-5 (FL-9) diesel-electric-electrics. It represents one of several different color schemes proposed for the FL-9 and happens to be the one that was ultimately selected. The New Haven's designers, and outsiders who did design work for the railroad, often used standard NH or manufacturer's diagrams as their canvases. This piece of artwork was painted on a General Motors blue line diagram of the early exterior arrangement of the FL-9.


April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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