Interchange Series

The Interchange series contains articles about railroads that interchanged with the Pennsy, including fleet statistics and paint schemes with era-appropriateness guidance. A few noteworthy or pertinent freelance model railroads are included.

 46806aw

330px CN Railway logo.svgThe Canadian National was formed in 1919, The railway was referred to as the Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960, and as Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to the present. As of 1950, the CN owned the second largest fleet of box cars in North America.

np boxcar 800px 2

260px Northern Pacific Railway Logo November 1952The Northern Pacific Railway (reporting mark NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States, from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. The NP merged with other lines in 1970 to form the Burlington Northern Railroad, which became BNSF Railway in 1996.

BLI201313

Pacific Fruit Express (reporting mark PFE) was an American railroad refrigerator car leasing company that at one point was the largest refrigerator car operator in the world.

The company was founded on December 7, 1906 as a joint venture between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It began operation on October 1, 1907, with a fleet of 6,600 refrigerator cars built by the American Car and Foundry Company (ACF). The company was founded on December 7, 1906 as a joint venture between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It began operation on October 1, 1907, with a fleet of 6,600 refrigerator cars built by the American Car and Foundry Company (ACF).

In 1923, the Western Pacific Railroad joined the venture by leasing its own new fleet of 2775 reefers to PFE. They were painted in standard PFE colors with only WP heralds on the cars instead of the paired UP-SP markings. The WP cars were all retired by the late 1950s, among the last wooden reefers in PFE's fleet. WP ended its partnership with PFE in late 1967 and joined Fruit Growers Express instead.

PFE's assets were divided between the UP and SP when the company was split on April 1, 1978. It is now a UP subsidiary.

prr357854

As of December 31, 1950, the following quantities of gondolas were rostered in North America, according to the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). These "Top 22" owners represented more than 80 percent of the total.

Railroad Gondola Cars Models1
PRR 38,327 Bowser
Tangent Scale Models
NYC 20,861 InterMountain
Walthers
B&O 14,016 Walthers
SP, T&NO 12,347 InterMountain
MILW 11,333 Walthers
L&N 11,400  
ATSF 10,596 InterMountain
Walthers
P&LE 10,096 Walthers
SOU 9,180 InterMountain
CB&Q 8,881 InterMountain
MP Lines 7,225 InterMountain
C&O 7,202 InterMountain
RDG 6,857 Walthers
NKP, W&LE 6,833 Walthers
IC 6,740  
N&W 6,360  
RI 5,616 Walthers
EJ&E 5,444 Walthers
UP 5,434  
ACL 5,308  
SLSF 5,231  
D&RGW 5,032 Walthers
1Does not reflect "Craftsman" level models, which are available for almost any road. 
Such models are offered by Funaro & Camerlengo, Westerfield Models, and Sunshine.

PRR GLa

As of December 31, 1950, the following quantities of hoppers were rostered in North America, according to the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). These "Top 20" owners represented 80 percent of the total.

Railroad Hopper Cars Models1
PRR 80,809 Bowser
C&O 52,145 InterMountain
Walthers
B&O 47,887 Broadway Limited Imports
InterMountain
Walthers
NYC 42,008  
N&W 41,252  
L&N 34,831 Walthers
IC 21,727 Walthers
RDG 17,115  
VGN 13,962  
SOU 13,615 Walthers
DM&IR 13,084  
MP Lines 11,652  
P&LE 10,910  
WM 9,603 Walthers
B&LE 9,378  
CB&Q 9,177  
NKP 9,033 InterMountain
GN 9,016  
Erie 8,613 InterMountain
CNJ & CRP 7,117  
1Does not reflect "Craftsman" level models, which are available for almost any road. 
Such models are offered by Funaro & Camerlengo, Westerfield Models, and Sunshine.

sphc11

As of December 31, 1950, the following quantities of flat cars were rostered in North America, according to the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). These "Top 16" owners represented more than 75 percent of the total.

Railroad Flat Cars Models1
SP, T&NO 8,439  
MILW 5,296  
NP 4,779 Red Caboose (via InterMountain)
SOU 4,133  
C&NW 3,560  
PRR 3,381 Bowser
ACL 2,861  
SAL 2,789  
UP 2,726 Red Caboose (via InterMountain)
Walthers
GN 2,576 Red Caboose (via InterMountain)
ATSF 2,332 InterMountain
Red Caboose (via InterMountain)
NYC 1,901 Red Caboose (via InterMountain)
D&RGW 1,705 Red Caboose (via InterMountain)
RI 1,658 Walthers
L&N 1,653  
CB&Q 1,642  
1Does not reflect "Craftsman" level models, which are available for almost any road. 
Such models are offered by Funaro & Camerlengo, Westerfield Models, and Sunshine.

nyc38680

As of December 31, 1950, the following quantities of box cars were rostered in North America, according to the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER):

1132

berwind 85042254Berwind Corporation (also known as Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) is a large privately held American corporation historically involved in the coal industry.

The Company was first formed as a partnership of Edward Julius Berwind, Charles Berwind, and Congressman Allison White and upon White's death became known as Berwind White Company in 1886. The company was one of the largest producers of coal at the turn of the twentieth century and created several towns in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including Windber, Pennsylvania and Berwind, West Virginia, both of which were named after the company.

26001334 1755336301177512 4600953790711396682 nThe Railway Express Agency (founded as American Railway Express Agency; later, American Railway Express Inc.) was a national package delivery service that operated in the United States from 1918 to 1975. REA arranged transport and delivery via existing railroad infrastructure, much as today's UPS or DHL companies use roads and air transport. It was created through the forced consolidation of existing services into a federal near-monopoly to ensure the rapid and safe movement of parcels, money, and goods during World War I.

REA ceased operations in 1975, when its business model ceased to be viable.

45742awl

Baltimore and Ohio HeraldThe Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (reporting marks B&O, BO) is the oldest railroad in the United States and the first common carrier railroad, with its first section opening in 1830. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway took financial control of the B&O in 1963. The B&O already had a controlling interest in the Western Maryland Railway. In 1973 the three railroads were brought together under one corporate identity, the Chessie System, although they continued to operate as separate railroads. The Western Maryland was merged into the B&O in 1976. In 1980 the Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line Industries, a holding company that owned the Seaboard Coast Line, the Louisville & Nashville, the Clinchfield, and the Georgia Railroad, agreed to form CSX Corporation. SCL Industries was renamed the Seaboard System Railroad (SBD) in 1983, the same year that the Western Maryland Railway was completely absorbed into the B&O. SBD was renamed CSX Transportation (CSX) in 1986. On April 30, 1987, the B&O's corporate existence ended when it was absorbed into the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, which merged into CSX Transportation on August 31 of that year.