It's time for my New Hampshire branch of the B&M layout to offer some real passenger service. Real means heavy weight coaches with clearstory roofs to my way of thinking. This project has been on my mind for a while, and rooting thru my "project cars" box turned up 5 candidate coaches. First coach is this one:
Needs paint, badly. I think this one gets painted for the B&M. Passenger maroon which can be anything from pure red to boxcar brown. I have color photos showing both colors, in one case on the same train. I figure they came out of the paint shop mostly red, and after some road service the soot from the steam engines dulled it down a lot. For this one (and it's brother) I will give it a coat of red auto primer to cover the green, followed by a rattle can red. She also needs Kadee couplers, diaphrams, some wire grab irons and hand rails. Maybe coupler lift bars if I feel that strong.
And I have two of these guys, in Rutland colors. I think I will leave them painted for Rutland, it was the next railroad over, and some interchange with my B&M branch is plausible. And having a couple of green cars mixed with the passenger maroon makes a nice looking train.
And I have this one. Needs the roof painted black or dark gray, wire grabs, wire hand rails, diaphrams, some love and attention.
I'll post photos of these cars as I get them down. This will give me five coaches, which makes a train plenty long enough for my layout. Especially after adding head end equipment of which I have a good deal. Actually, most B&M passenger equipment had four wheel trucks rather than six wheel, but I think I will ignore that since five pairs of four wheel passenger trucks are expensive. I don't think I will put lights in them.