Copyright 2020 by James B. Van Bokkelen . This document may be duplicated and distributed for non-commercial purposes only, all other rights reserved.
My primary sources are a reprint of a 20-Dec-1956 Passenger Car Diagram Book and the January 1951 Official Register of Passenger Train Equipment. I will extend it as I find other sources.
The Bangor & Aroostook was never a particularly passenger-oriented railroad. Still expanding as late as 1915, for a decade or two it revolutionized transport north of the CPR/MEC route through Mattawamkeag and Vanceboro. But traffic declined after World War I as roads were improved. Demand for local and branch line services fell off rapidly. But driving from Aroostook County points to Bangor, Augusta or Boston remained a major project even as the Maine Turnpike was extended to Augusta in 1955. Accordingly, the through Boston - Houlton cars operated jointly with the Maine Central and Boston & Maine were upgraded with new lightweight sleepers that year.One seat rides to Boston were no longer possible after the B&M Boston - Portland service became all-RDC in 1959. Augusta and Portland fell off the map when MEC passenger service ended 6-Sep-1960. The BAR's last passenger train, the Potatoland Special, ceased operating 4-Sep-1961. BAR buses continued operating, even as far as New York City, until 1984.
|100 (1st)||Business Car||AC&F||1907||Originally V&T Ardella Mae, preserved V&T, Virginia City, NV|
|100 (2nd)||Heavyweight Business Car||Pullman||1928||Originally Suitsme charter car, at Hobo RR, Lincoln NH|
|200||74' Wood/SUF Business Car||Off roster by 1956|
|218-224||74' Wood/SUF 82 seat coach||Off roster by 1956|
|310||65' Wood/SUF 66 seat smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|311||65' Wood/SUF 68 seat smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|313-315||65' Wood/SUF 66 seat smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|401||56' Wood 24 seat baggage/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|403||56' Wood 34 seat baggage/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|405||56' Wood 32 seat baggage/smoker||2 open platforms. Off roster by 1956|
|406-408||63' Wood 38 seat baggage/smoker||Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956|
|409||61' Wood/SUF 34 seat baggage/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|451||62' Wood 48 seat baggage/coach/smoker||Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956|
|452||65' Wood 32 seat baggage/coach/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|453||57' Wood 34 seat baggage/coach/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|454||65' Wood/SUF 36 seat baggage/coach/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|455||63' Wood 36 seat baggage/coach/smoker||Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956|
|478||64' Wood 60 seat coach/smoker||Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956|
|480, 481||64' Wood 68 seat coach/smoker||Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956|
|483||65' Wood 66 seat coach/smoker||Off roster by 1956|
|500-502, 506||63' Wood/SUF Baggage||Off roster by 1956|
|500, 508||66' Wood/SUF Baggage||Off roster by 1956|
|530||64' HW Baggage||Off roster by 1956|
|531||73' Baggage||1946||4-wheel trucks, arch roof, 2x 6 foot, 2x 8 foot baggage doors. To MEC 1961.|
|560-562||70' Wood/SUF RPO/Baggage||16 ft. RPO, off roster by 1956.|
|564-569||74' HW RPO/Baggage||15 ft. RPO, off roster by 1956.|
|570||73' HW RPO/Baggage||1927||30 ft. RPO, 6-wheel trucks, monitor roof, 4x 5' 6" baggage doors, ex C&O 68|
|600||61' Wood/SUF Combine||1910||30 ft. RPO, 2x 3' 11" baggage doors, 4 wheel trucks, 1 vestibule, monitor roof. Not in 1951 ORPTE.|
|601||74' HW RPO/Baggage||1929||15 ft. RPO, 6-wheel trucks, monitor roof, 4x 6' 2" baggage doors. Not in 1951 ORPTE. To MEC 1961|
The 1928 replica of an 1860 arch roof coach at the Henry Ford Museum is lettered as Bangor & Aroostook #6. I haven't found an explanation, but the BAR wasn't incorporated until 1891 and its earliest predecessor, the Bangor & Picataquis, was only chartered in 1861.
These cars were built at the O-B plant in Worcester, MA after O-B was acquired by Pullman but before the business were functionally merged. All shared the type of construction often referred to as American Flyer for that manufacturer's S-Gauge models. The roofs were arched with downward curves at the ends, and the sides curved outward from the floor and roofline. Trucks were type 41-E. The BAR's four RPO/Baggage cars were the only head-end equipment built with this body style.
|150, 151||50 seat coach/dinette||Osgood Bradley||1937||3 pairs of seats facing along car, 3 pairs single cross-facing seats. To LIRR 8551,2 1962.|
|152||46 seat coach/dinette||Osgood Bradley||1937||2 pairs, 3 single cross-facing seats. To LIRR 8553 1962.|
|230||84 seat coach||Osgood Bradley||1937||Post 1951 rebuilt w/small kitchen & dining area, 72 seats. At Shelburne Falls, MA|
|231||84 seat coach||Osgood Bradley||1937||After 1951 rebuilt w/small kitchen & dining area, 74 seats.|
|566-568||74 foot RPO/Baggage||Osgood Bradley||1937||No vestibules, 15 foot RPO, 4x 6 foot baggage doors. 566, 567 off roster by 1956.|
|569||74 foot RPO/Baggage||Osgood Bradley||1938||No vestibules, 15 foot RPO, 4x 6 foot baggage doors.|
These cars were built at the former Osgood-Bradley plant in Worcester, MA. Except for name and number plate layout, the BAR 6-4-6 sleepers were identical to the NH and B&M cars ordered at the same time.
|80||North Twin Lake||6-4-6 sleeper||1954||41-BNO-11 trucks. To CN 1190 Green Gables 1965|
|81||South Twin Lake||6-4-6 sleeper||1954||41-BNO-11 trucks. To CN 1191 Greenock 1965|
|250||Katahdin||coach - 68 seat||1949||Sold 1959 to Ontario Northland|
|251||Chippewa||coach - 68 seat||1949||Sold 1959 to Ontario Northland 811|
|252||Mohawk||coach - 68 seat||1949||Sold 1959 to Ontario Northland 812|
The Official Pullman Standard Library Vol. 10 has rough plans and builder's photos of Bangor & Aroostook lightweight cars delivered in 1937-8 (American Flyer style), 1949 (stainless-sheathed coaches) and 1955 (stainless-sheathed 6-4-6 sleepers).
The Bangor & Aroostook by Angier & Cleaves has many photos of BAR passenger trains, but little detail about the non-lightweight equipment.