Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Passenger Equipment

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.


Bangor & Aroostook Passenger Equipment

NumberTypeBuilder Built Notes
100 (1st)Business CarAC&F1907 Originally V&T Ardella Mae, preserved V&T, Virginia City, NV
100 (2nd)Heavyweight Business CarPullman 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
31065' Wood/SUF 66 seat smoker Off roster by 1956
31165' Wood/SUF 68 seat smoker Off roster by 1956
313-31565' Wood/SUF 66 seat smoker Off roster by 1956
40156' Wood 24 seat baggage/smoker Off roster by 1956
40356' Wood 34 seat baggage/smoker Off roster by 1956
40556' Wood 32 seat baggage/smoker 2 open platforms. Off roster by 1956
406-40863' Wood 38 seat baggage/smoker Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956
40961' Wood/SUF 34 seat baggage/smoker Off roster by 1956
45162' Wood 48 seat baggage/coach/smoker Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956
45265' Wood 32 seat baggage/coach/smoker Off roster by 1956
45357' Wood 34 seat baggage/coach/smoker Off roster by 1956
45465' Wood/SUF 36 seat baggage/coach/smoker Off roster by 1956
45563' Wood 36 seat baggage/coach/smoker Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956
47864' Wood 60 seat coach/smoker Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956
480, 48164' Wood 68 seat coach/smoker Metal platform sills, off roster by 1956
48365' Wood 66 seat coach/smoker Off roster by 1956
500-502, 50663' Wood/SUF Baggage Off roster by 1956
500, 50866' Wood/SUF Baggage Off roster by 1956
53064' HW Baggage Off roster by 1956
53173' Baggage 1946 4-wheel trucks, arch roof, 2x 6 foot, 2x 8 foot baggage doors. To MEC 1961.
560-56270' Wood/SUF RPO/Baggage 16 ft. RPO, off roster by 1956.
564-56974' HW RPO/Baggage 15 ft. RPO, off roster by 1956.
57073' HW RPO/Baggage 1927 30 ft. RPO, 6-wheel trucks, monitor roof, 4x 5' 6" baggage doors, ex C&O 68
60061' Wood/SUF Combine 1910 30 ft. RPO, 2x 3' 11" baggage doors, 4 wheel trucks, 1 vestibule, monitor roof. Not in 1951 ORPTE.
60174' 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.

Bangor & Aroostook Osgood-Bradley Lightweights

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, 15150 seat coach/dinetteOsgood Bradley1937 3 pairs of seats facing along car, 3 pairs single cross-facing seats. To LIRR 8551,2 1962.
15246 seat coach/dinetteOsgood Bradley1937 2 pairs, 3 single cross-facing seats. To LIRR 8553 1962.
23084 seat coach Osgood Bradley1937 Post 1951 rebuilt w/small kitchen & dining area, 72 seats. At Shelburne Falls, MA
23184 seat coachOsgood Bradley1937 After 1951 rebuilt w/small kitchen & dining area, 74 seats.
566-56874 foot RPO/BaggageOsgood Bradley1937 No vestibules, 15 foot RPO, 4x 6 foot baggage doors. 566, 567 off roster by 1956.
56974 foot RPO/BaggageOsgood Bradley1938 No vestibules, 15 foot RPO, 4x 6 foot baggage doors.

Bangor & Aroostook Pullman-Standard Lightweights

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.

NumberNameType Built Notes
80 North Twin Lake6-4-6 sleeper1954 41-BNO-11 trucks. To CN 1190 Green Gables 1965
81 South Twin Lake6-4-6 sleeper1954 41-BNO-11 trucks. To CN 1191 Greenock 1965
250Katahdincoach - 68 seat1949 Sold 1959 to Ontario Northland
251Chippewacoach - 68 seat1949 Sold 1959 to Ontario Northland 811
252Mohawkcoach - 68 seat1949 Sold 1959 to Ontario Northland 812

Bibliography

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.


James VanBokkelen