• The Pacemaker

  • Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.
Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by Suihanki
 
I have been trying for some time to find the passenger car consist for The Pacemaker as it was in the early 1940's but have had no luck. Could anyone help me out or refer me to a site with the information?
  by eddiebehr
 
Find a copy of Car Names, Numbers and Consists by Wayner, printed in early 1970s. This will have original Pacemaker, which started with some upgraded heavyweights. Central bought several orders of streamlined coaches from late 1930s up to beginning of WWII and some of these might have gotten into pre-War consists. Re equpped late 1940s. I can't find my Car Names book right now. I probably have a couple but they are challenging my efforts to find them.
  by NYC_Dave
 
From the New York Central System Historical Society’s Central Headlight magazine:
Original 1939 Pacemaker – heavyweight 46-seat coaches 2181-2195 built at NYC's Beech Grove shops; diners 567 & 570; ex-20th Century open platform observations, Catskill & Seneca Valley renumbered 2598 & 2599; same two-tone gray shades as the 1938 20th Century.
Spring of 1940 – Coaches 2182-2195 and 2385-2387 were supplemented with 58-seat coaches 2188-2191 and 2452-2454 - all were repainted ‘Pacemaker Green’; at the same time diners 609, 614,617,618,596,589, diner lounges 520,521,531,535, club lounges 529 & 532, and observations 53 & 56 were painted ‘Pacemaker Green’. The belt rail stripes and lettering was ‘Dulux Gold’.

From the book Thoroughbreds by Alvin Stauffer:
In Sept. 40 the open-end observations were replaced with Beech Grove rebuilt closed-end observations 53 & 56. These were heavyweights with clerestory roofs and round ends.
There is an Oct 1940 photo showing a consist of 1 baggage, 7 coaches, diner & observation.

Heavyweight cars were replaced with Budd stainless steel cars in 1947-48.