New Haven Deluxe Diner Dreadnought
New Haven diner Dreadnought was one of two "Deluxe" diners built in 1930 by the Pullman Standard Car & Manufacturing Company for the New Haven's luxury extra fare all parlor car New York/Boston train the "Yankee Clipper". All cars assigned to the Yankee Clipper were named for 19th century clipper ships, clipper Dreadnought was launched in 1853 for the Red Cross Line of New York. The "Deluxe" designation stipulates a more roomy seating capacity of 36 compared to the eight 48 seat standard diners built for the New Haven at the same time by Pullman for use on other trains.
There are only two photos known to me of the Dreadnought as of this post. Below the kitchen side as it appeared in 1949, at the time likely painted in its original livery of Hunter green with the car name below the belt rail.
The Dreadnought was listed as a "spare" in the 1952 New Haven passenger train consists book, no longer assigned to the Yankee Clipper having been replaced by one of the new electro-mechanical air conditioned diners of New Haven's all stainless steel fleet of post war cars. The 1952 photo below again of the kitchen side, the diner has been repainted Pullman green and car name has been replaced by only the road number, 5247.
Modeling the Dreadnought #5247
During the era of this layout, diner #5247 was part of the consist of Berkshire trains #144 - #147 as indicated by the excerpt below from the 4/1957 NH passenger train consists book. To complete a prototypical consist for those trains an era correct model of #5247 is a must have.