BCW HO-Scale B&A 75' Coach Kit
This kit represents an early model steel coach, built between 1916 and 1923 (1921 for this car, to be exact). The unusual door was a feature on some B&A coaches. The original doors had large, single-pane glazing, as did the NYC and other subsidiary cars. My guess is that these were problematic when crews shut the doors abruptly (as in slammed), especially in very cold weather. The new car photos we have suggest that the NYC System started buying cars with the twin panes, separated by a vertical post, which is the arrangement most of us are familiar with. A rough date for this was 1926. There are pictures of the B&A cars keeping the funky arrangement shown in this photo into the late 1930s. The NYC cars of the same construction vintage show replacement of the single panes with the more familiar double panes, so they must have done that as the cars were shopped. As these early steel coaches, like this B&A car were used in secondary service later in their lives, shoppings became less frequent and it is possible this door style may have survived on a few cars right up until they were scrapped. So, bottom line is that this model is ideal for folks modeling in the steam era. It would be questionable for cars surviving very far into the diesel era.
MSRP $39.95 NYCSHS Members Price $31.96 and that is 20% off MSRP.
Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.