Brill gas-electric eastbound at Corbin Street, New Britain after 1931.
It's 9101 to 9111 due to location of bell.
Not 9105 due to location of markers.
 
Over the years several other types of motive power have been used for passenger service on the Highland Line, such as the Brill Gas Electric pictured above in the '30s.

Comet

On May 2, 1935 the New Haven proudly displayed its new Goodyear-Zeppelin built 3-car streamlined light weight train the Comet. Designed for high-speed service between Boston and Providence where it served until 1943. In autumn of 1950, it was assigned to trains 128 and 129. I have not determined how long it was in this service although I believe it was at least until early 1951.
 
I have seen a photograph of the Comet in front of the Arcade in New Britain. Unfortunately, I didn't pick it up and haven't been able to locate the picture again.
 
Paint Schemes
The Comet was repainted in 1941 in a blue and gray paint scheme which it carried until it was scrapped on September 29, 1951.


Shoreliners - Budd RDC-1/2/3/4

Delivered

  • 20-48: 1952-1953
  • 120-121: 1952
  • 125-130: 1953
  • 135-137: 1953
Called Shoreliners on the New Haven, Budd RDCs were an immediate success for the railroad. They were used to increase passenger service, including on the Highland, and replaced locomotive-hauled passenger trains on branchlines as fast as diesels replaced steam a few short years before.
 
In addition to the RDC-1 cars, the Highland was also assigned RDC-2 and RDC-3 cars.
 
Paint Schemes
All RDCs are in the delivery scheme of simple stainless steel with a script herald on each end door.
 

Layout at a Glance

At this time I don't plan on modeling a Brill gas electric as they were all off the Highland Line by the end of WWII. In addition to the picture on this page, there is a picture of 9100 in New Britain on page 501 of New Haven Power in 1934. If I eventually model one, it will be Inspection Car #9, former #9113, former O&W #802.


Comet Assignments

  • 9/24/50 - Comet - 128, 129
  • 10/2-50 - Comet - 128, 129
Trains 128 and 129 were created when the Comet was assigned to the Boston-Waterbury run on the Highland and are first listed in the 9/24/50 timetables. A photo in Shoreliner Volume 29 Issue 2 illustrates this service in September 1950. The 10/5/50 Engine Assignment book does not list any motive power for these trains so I'm assuming it's still the Comet at this time.
 

The Comet Model

Although it's been released in brass, I will be using the forthcoming Con-Cor model. The initial release is planned for the delivery scheme, but in talking with Con-Cor they have received a number of requests for the later paint scheme and may be releasing a second run in 2012 in the later paint scheme.


Shoreliner Assignments

  • 9/27/53 - RDC-1 - 131, 136, 150, 156, 157, 446, 447, 448, 460, 461, 463
  • 9/27/53 - RDC-2 - 150, 157
  • 9/27/53 - RDC-3 - 131, 136, 150, 157

Shoreliner Models

Models of Budd RDCs have been released by several manufacturers in the past, but the Proto 1000 models are accurate, readily available and inexpensive. The only version they have not released is the RDC-4. Suprisingly, Athearn released an RDC-4 years ago while they were still producing metal kits. Because their RDC model was shorter than prototypically correct, only the RDC-4 is accurate. I have one that I'll eventually rework to try to match the standards of the Proto 1000 models although I have no evidence that an RDC-4 ever ran on the Highland.