My Pullman Palace Plan P-70 coaches of the 1880's have been on hold since then, as I've been working on other stuff that had been started but never finished. The Plan 70 cars are intended for the brass Forney I worked on under "Brass Mongering' some time back. They were designed as rapid transit commuter coaches - 'rapid transit' being new idea then. It used short trains on frequent scheduling with high level station platforms for safety and efficiency in boarding and alighting from the cars.
Here is an initial sketch for the end platform gates and panels. The car end platform has four of these, all the same size with right hand end trimmed as needed to suit the application. A lot more work is needed here. I really miss the old WIN 98 and XP image management programs I had in the past for such work. WIN 10 will not accept them and modern replacements tend to out-think what one wishes to do.
A bit fuzzy but a Plan 70 car is on the right in this photo. Fragile as this car may look, quite a few in NY el service were electrified in the 1890's and run to the late 1940's. A few were shipped west to the Key System in Oakland during WW II to help shipyard workers meet their shifts. Two I think, are still there in museums.
Last is a copy of an 1879 Pullman drawing for the Plan 70 Palace coach. Notice the lack of dimensions? Only general overall dimensions were provided then. The master and journeyman car builders in the shop did all the rest in standardizing the parts and assemblies working from the scaled drawing which was done to 1" to the foot scale.
I had the windows custom laser cut - there are 36 identical windows per car. I forgot to also get the clerestory sides laser cut! I also need to mill some bass wood for making up the deck roofs.
Sometimes the scope of work on this elephant waiting next to my workshop table scares me!
Forward one step at time,