Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Passenger Coach Replica

Summary

This recreation of a Civil War era Bangor and Aroostook day car offers insight into both railroad engineering and social interaction in nineteenth-century America. The car is almost completely constructed from wood the cheap, lightweight, and easily worked building material of choice in that period. Essentially one long room mounted on two swiveling four wheel trucks, it enables maximum passenger accommodation in a stable structure capable of negotiating the tight curves found on railroads in the United States. Open cars (in contrast to the small stagecoach-like compartments of European railroad vehicles) are frequently interpreted as embodying American democratic values. From a practical standpoint however, such cars not only allowed passengers to move about on long journeys but also greatly simplified railcar construction.

This recreation of a Civil War era Bangor and Aroostook day car offers insight into both railroad engineering and social interaction in nineteenth-century America. The car is almost completely constructed from wood the cheap, lightweight, and easily worked building material of choice in that period. Essentially one long room mounted on two swiveling four wheel trucks, it enables maximum passenger accommodation in a stable structure capable of negotiating the tight curves found on railroads in the United States. Open cars (in contrast to the small stagecoach-like compartments of European railroad vehicles) are frequently interpreted as embodying American democratic values. From a practical standpoint however, such cars not only allowed passengers to move about on long journeys but also greatly simplified railcar construction.

Artifact

Passenger car (Railroad car)

Date Made

1925-1928

Subject Date

1855-1865

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Built by Ford Motor Company at the Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Transportation - Trains

Object ID

25.80.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Blue
Gold (Color)
Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 160 in

Width: 114 in

Length: 593 in

Inscriptions

Across top in gold letters with red shadowing: BANGOR & AROOSTOOK. 6

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