Heavyweight 28-1 parlor, New Haven "Maude" (NH 2025).
The Micro-Trains® model is based on Pullman plan #3416, from which the New Haven series
was built. I started with a painted/unlettered model.
The mechanical air conditioning components of the underbody were replaced with
ice-cooled air conditioning components to match the New Haven prototype. Most of the cast
roof details were removed. New detailed air vents from the Micro-Trains® RPO roof were
added, new fans were crafted from etched brass and styrene, and new rain drips were formed from
stainless steel wire. The standard diaphragms were
replaced with American Limited diapgragms. I moved the couplers inward to improve the
close-coupling and replaced the plastic wheels with Fox Valley metal wheelsets. I also extended the
centerbeam to eliminate the see-through look under the trucks.
The interior was repainted a light tan. Micro Scale decals were applied
to the body. Fox Valley steam vents were added. The name used on the car was chosen
in homage to my maternal grandmother, who was an extraordinary woman. This parlor is
assigned to the Federal consist.