The following are the most prevalent Norfolk Southern diesel locomotives in use as of 2022, summarized from Chris Toth's excellent Norfolk Southern Diesel Locomotive Roster.

Road numbers in bold are in the author's collection.

Strates on CSXPhoto posted to FaceBook by Marty Biniasz.

The James E. Strates Shows

By the 1920’s the Warren Tank Car Company of Warren, Pennsylvania, and the Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing Company of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, were the principle providers of the steel circus flat cars.  In 1926, both these companies were competing heavily to get circuses to convert from the 60 foot cars to their new 70 and 72 foot flats.

The 70 foot Mount Vernon flat cars can be distinguished by the pot belly sides with  ribs. The 72 foot Warren flat car had no ribs and gently arcing sides on both top and bottom. In the image at right, a Warren flat is in the foreground and the next flat is a Mount Vernon.

The JES acquired numerous truss-rod heavyweight passenger cars in 1948 from the Ringling Brothers. [Smith]

Timeline:

  • 1977: SP/Sea-Land well car begins testing.
  • 1981: First SP double-stacks enter service.
  • 1983: First Budd/Thrall well cars without bulkheads delivered.
  • 1999: First production 53-foot well cars are delivered.
  • 2003: TTX begins program for shortening 45- and 48-foot wells.
  • 2010: TTX roster almost entirely 40- or 53-foot well platforms.

Notes:

  • Thrall merged with Trinity in 2001. Thereafter, Thrall designs were marketed through Trinity Rail Group.
  • Gunderson is owned by Greenbrier.
  • All TTX well cars carry the reporting marks DTTX.

 

TTX Double-Stack Fleet As-Built
Model Well
Configuration
Qty TTX Class Notes Years Active HO Scale Model
Thrall Car Manufacturing
100-ton Articulated Cars:
Lo-Pac 2000  40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 296

 TWG5M
TWG50
TWG50A
TWG50B
TWG50C
TWG50H
TWG5BM
TWG51
TWG53

Capable of carrying 48' containers in the top positions. Design licensed from Budd. 1988- InterMountain
  40' 45' 48' 45' 40' 1 TWG50P       
  40' 45' 45' 45' 40' 25 TWG50F    1988-   
  40' 48' 48' 48' 40' 408 TWG50G
TWG50K
TWG50L
     
  45' 45' 45' 45' 45' 23 TWG50D
TWG50J 
  1986-   
  48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 40 TWG50E    1989-   
125-ton Articulated Cars:
  40' 48' 48' 48' 40' 292  TWG52       
  48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 1,381 TWG52A
TWG52B
TWG52C 
     
  53' 53' 53' 53' 53' 1  TWG53P      
  53' 53' 53' 751 TWG33P
TWG33
    Atlas
728688
Single-Unit COFC-only Cars:
Well Runner 48' 962  TWF10
TWF10A
TWH10
TWH10P
     Class One Model Works (ordered)
Drawbar-Connected COFC-only Cars:
  48' 48' 48' 300  TWG30   1991-   
  48' 48' 48' 48' 138  TWG40   1991-   
Single-Unit All Purpose Cars:
  48' 150  TWA10      
Drawbar-Connected All-Purpose Cars:
  48' 48' 48' 116  TWA30      
Gunderson
100-ton Articulated Cars:
Twin-Stack 40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 343 GWG50
GWG50A
GWG50B
GWG50C
GWG50D
GWG50E
GWG50F
GWG50G
GWG50H
GWG50J
End bulkheads to retain upper containers.   InterMountain 
125-ton Articulated Cars:
 Maxi-Stack I 40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 3,214 GWG52
GWG52D
GWG52E
GWG52G
GWG52H
GWG52I
     Athearn
  40' 48' 48' 48' 40' 43 GWG52A       
Maxi-Stack III  48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 2,496 GWG52B
GWG52C
GWG52F
    Athearn
Maxi-Stack V  53' 53' 53' 53' 53' 1 GWG53P       
Maxi-Stack IV  53' 53' 53' 7,680 GWG33
GWG33A
GWG33B
GWG33C
GWG33D
GWG33E
GWG33P 
    InterMountain
Kato 
766519
Single-Unit COFC-only Cars:
Husky Stack  48' 875 GWF10     1991- Athearn
InterMountain
Husky Stack   53' 2,130  GWF13   2003-  Rapido 
  56' 101  GWF11      
Drawbar-Connected COFC-only Cars:
  48' 48' 48' 48' 60 GWG40       
Single-Unit All Purpose Cars:
Husky Stack AP  48' 947 GWA10       
Drawbar-Connected All-Purpose Cars:
  48' 48' 48' 873 GWA30       
  48' 48' 48' 48' 200 GWA40       
Pullman Standard / Trinity Industries
100-ton Articulated Cars:
BackPacker  40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 71 RWG50
RWG50A
RWG50B
RWG50C
RWG50P 
   1986- ScaleTrains
125-ton Articulated Cars:
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 5 RWG52A      
  40' 48' 48' 48' 40' 117 RWG52    1987-   
Backpacker  48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 116 RWG52B
RWG52C
RWG53 
  1990-   
  53' 53' 53' 53' 53' 1        
  53' 53' 53' 1,236 RWG33
RWG33A
     
Single-Unit COFC-only Cars:
Well Runner  48' 1 RWH10P       
Drawbar-Connected COFC-only Cars:
  53' 53' 53' 160  RWG30      
Single-Unit All Purpose Cars:
  48' 10 RWA10       
National Steel Car (NSC)
125-ton Articulated Cars:
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 310  NWG52
NWG52A
     
  48' 48' 48' 286  NWA33      
Super Stack 53' 53' 53' 53' 53' 1        
  53' 53' 53' 5,428 NWG33A
NWG33B
NWG33C
NWG33D
NWG33E
NWG33F
NWG33P
     
Single-Unit COFC-only Cars:
  53' 6,190 NWF13
NWF13A
    Walthers
Drawbar-Connected COFC-only Cars:
  48' 48' 48' 744  NWG31   1998-   
  53' 53' 53' 1,022  NWG33      
Drawbar-Connected All-Purpose Cars:
  48' 48' 48' 80 NWA31    1995 Walthers
  48' 48' 48' 48' 120  NWA40      
Freight Car America
125-ton Articulated Cars:
Dynastack 40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 50 NWG52L    2008-  
  53' 53' 53' 100 NWG30      Walthers 
Single-Unit COFC-only Cars:
   53'  1        
Unidentified Builder
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40' 50 JWG52   2013-  
  53' 53' 53'   JWG33   2016-  

TTX Double-Stack Rebuilds

Articulated Cars or Drawbar-Connected COFC-only Cars:
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40  

TWG51P
TW52BM
TW52CM
TW52N
TW52AN
TW52BN
TW52CN

    Walthers
748410
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40   GW52AM
GW52BM
GW52CM
GW52FM
     Walthers
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40'   RW52M
RW52BM
RW52CM
RW53M
  1988-  
  40' 40' 40' 40' 40'   NWG32M      
  40' 48' 48' 48' 40'   TWG50K
TWG52
  1987  
  48' 48' 48' 1 TWG32C   1992  
Single-Unit COFC-only Cars:
  40'   TWF10F
TWF10M
TWF10N
  1991- Walthers
  40'   GWF10F
GWF10M
  1991-  
  40'   NWF10F
NWF11F
  1994-  
  53'   GW13SF
GWF13S
  1994- Walthers
  53'   NWF13
NW13SF
NW14SF
  1993-  
Single-Unit All Purpose Cars:
  48'   GWA10   1994- Atlas
Walthers
456164

 

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The Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (reporting mark RBMN), sometimes shortened to Reading and Northern Railroad, is a regional railroad in eastern Pennsylvania. Its headquarters is in Port Clinton. The RBMN provides freight service on 300 miles of track. Its mainline consists of the Reading Division between Reading and Packerton and the Lehigh Division between Lehighton and Dupont. Its main freight cargo is anthracite coal.

Passenger excursions also run on RBMN tracks. The RBMN itself operates excursion service from Reading and Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, while the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway (LGSR) offers service between Jim Thorpe and Lehigh Gorge State Park. [Wikipedia]

Strates Winter QuartersJES Winter Quarters in Florida.

The James E. Strates Shows

One thing that can be said about the JES paint schemes was that... they were flexible!

There were always deviations from the norm.

In addition, the names of the cars were typically changed each year to represent the towns where the carnival was scheduled. 

bernard auto train 4002 and train 1972 03 25 ashland va 01 1000x

Nope, no Pennsy content here! I've always been a closet Auto Train fan, ever since it was first featured in Model Railroader in December 1972 and January 1973. I had the privilege of riding the train later in 1973.

Auto-Train Corporation (reporting mark AUT) was a privately owned railroad which used its own rolling stock, and traveled on rails leased from major railroads along the route of its trains, serving central Florida from points in the Mid-Atlantic region near Washington, DC, and the Midwest near Louisville, Kentucky, during the 1970s. Despite the popularity of the service on its primary route, which parallels busy Interstate 95 along much of the eastern coast of the United States in five states, the company failed financially after operating for almost 10 years. After a hiatus, a similarly named and operated service (Auto Train) was begun under the government-financed Amtrak in 1983, which became one of the railroad's most popular services.

 ColorStrates2 e1493743521195

Strates Shows, America's only railroad carnival, travels the United States during a seven-month season, transporting personnel and equipment with 61 rail cars and 34 trucks. Traveling with the show are some 400 employees and families who operate the many rides, games and concessions.

Strates Shows has a history dating back to 1923 when James E. Strates, a Greek immigrant, began his first show. Mr. Strates came to America in 1909 and, like many immigrants, worked at a number of odd jobs. In 1919, he joined a carnival athletic show as a wrestler taking on all challengers. In 1923, James E. Strates acquired Southern Tier Shows and in 1932 changed its name to James E. Strates Shows. Mr. Strates continued to build and manage the carnival until his death in 1959. At that time his son, E. James Strates, assumed responsibility for the carnival and still operates it today.

Strates Shows are known to have ridden the rails of the Pennsy during the era being modeled.

The following 1915 era valuation maps were contributed by Brian Angevine via FaceBook. Thank you, Brian!

HBTM 00 1914 Map #0 Main Line and Branches

HBTM 01 1918 map 1 Main Line Milepost 0-2 Mount Dallas, Everett,
connection with PRR at Mount Dallas

HBTM 02 1914 Map-2 Main Line Milepost 2-4

HBTM 03 1914 Map 3 Main Line Milepost 4-6 Tatesville, Brallier , Tatesville shelter
shown without label, name from Index map. Abandoned right-of-way to south
between Tatesville & Brallier

HBTM 04 1914 Map 4 Main Line Milepost 6-8

HBTM 05 1914 Map 5 Main Line Milepost 8-10

HBTM 06 1914 Map 6 Main Line Milepost 10-12

HBTM 07 1914 Map 7 Main Line Milepost 12-14 Hopewell

HBTM 08 1914 Map 8 Main Line Milepost 14-16 Riddlesburg, Colonial Iron Company spur.
716.9 Junction with Six Mile Run Branch.

HBTM 09 1914 Map 9 Main Line Milepost 16-18 Clark

HBTM 10 1914 Map 10 Mainline Milepost 18-20 Saxton

HBTM 11 1914 Map 11 Mainline Milepost 20-22 Saxton Furnace

HBTM 12 1914 Map 12 Mainline Milepost 22-24

HBTM 13 1914 Map 13 Mainline Milepost 24-26 Cove

HBTM 14 1914 Map 14 Mainline Milepost 26-28 Hummel

HBTM 15 1914 Map 15 Mainline Milepost 28-30 Entriken

HBTM 16 1914 Map 16 Mainline Milepost 30-32

HBTM 17 1914 Map 17 Mainline Milepost 32-34 Maklesburg ,
Junction with Juniata & Southern RR (dismantled 1917)

HBTM 18 1914 Map 18 Mainline Milepost 34-36 Brumbaugh

HBTM 19 1914 Map 19 Brumbaugh Br. Mainline Milepost 36-38 Grafton

HBTM 20 1914 Map 20 Brumbaugh Br. Mainline Milpost 38-40 McConnelstown

HBTM 21 1914 Map 21 McConnelstown Br. Mainline Milepost 40-42

HBTM 22 1914 Map 22 McConnelstown Br. Mainline Milepost 42-44
Huntingdon, South Huntingdon, connection with PRR

HBTM 23 1914 Map 23 Shoups Run Br. Milepost 0-2 Saxton ,
0.00 = 1037.46 Junction with main line H&BTM.v1.PA-10

HBTM 24 1914 Map 24 Shoups Run Br. Milepost 2-4 Coalmont,
(handwritten note on multiple maps including H&BTM.v1.PA-33
to see map "SL24-25". Not indicated on Index Map.)

HBTM 25 1914 Map 25 Shoups Run Br. Milepost 4-6 Dudley, Hillside, Midlothian,
Martha Slope, Miller Mine, Benedict Mine, Martha Mine.

HBTM 26 1914 Map 26 Shoups Run Br. Milepost 6-9 Broad Top City , Fisher Mine,
Blacks Colliery, Ocean No. 2, 4, 5 Collieries, Carbon No. 4 Colliery.

HBTM 27 1914 Map 27 Six Mile Run Br. Milepost 0-2 Defiance, 0.00 = 716.9.00
Main Line H&BTM.v1.PA-8. Mt. Equity Colliery, Rock Bar Colliery, Judith Colliery, Louise No. 2.

HBTM 28 1914 Map 28 Six Mile Run Br. Milepost 2-4 Coaldale, Kenmar Colliery,
Ladysmith Colliery No. 1 & 2, Crescent Colliery No. 5, Bacon Colliery No. 1,
Cresson Colliery No. 7, Shreeves Run No. 7, Delaware Colliery No.1.

HBTM 29 1914 Map 29 Six Mile Run Br. Milepost 4 North Point, Highland Colliery,
Delaware Colliery No. 2. End of track was 261.66

HBTM 30 1914 Map 30 Sandy Run Br. Milepost 1-2 Sandy Run, Reichley , 0.00 = 46.7175 Junction with
Sandy Run & Longs Run Branch southwest of Atlas. Cambria No. 2 Slope,
Chevington No. 2, 4, & 5, Cambria Colliery No. 1, Glendale Colliery No. 1 & 3.
Originally connected to main line at 646.735.

HBTM 31 1914 Map 31 Sandy Run & Long Run Br. Milepost 0-2 Atlas, Langdondale , 0.00 = 646.735
Junction with main line H&BTM.v1.PA-7 south of Hopewell. Sandy Run Branch continues
with new engineering station numbering 46.7175 = 0.00 H&BTM.v1.PA-30.
Longs Run Branch begins at ES46.7175. Atlas No. 1, Cambria Colliery No. 3.

HBTM 32 1914 Map 32 Longs Run Br. Milepost 2-3 Kearney , Coal Tipple.

HBTM 33 1914 Map 33 Millers Run Br. Milepost 0-1 0.00 = 192.46 Junction with
H&BTM.v1.PA-24 Shoups Run Branch near Melrose.

HBTM 34 1914 Map 34 Shreeves Run Br. Milepost 0-1 Finleyville , 0.00 = 188.61
Junction with Six Mile Run. Bacon No. 2, Shreeves Run Colliery.

HBTM 35 1914 Map 35 Boalmont Br Milepost 0-2 0.00 = 169.61 Junction with H&BTM.v1.PA-24
Shoups Run Branch northeast of Coalmont heading south. Shows track extending
to 117.07. Hicks Mine, Coalmont Coal Company Tipple.

 

 

 

 

 

H BT Huntingdon Broad Top Railraod Locomotive Coal Car in Saxton Bedford County in 1953jpg

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad (H&BTM) (reporting mark HBTM) is a former short line railroad company operating passenger and freight service on standard gauge track in south central Pennsylvania.

Operational headquarters were in Huntingdon, and Saxton, with financial and business offices located in Philadelphia. The primary shop facilities were located in Saxton; auxiliary car shop facilities were at Huntington. Turntables were located at Huntingdon, Saxton, and Mount Dallas, Pennsylvania.

 bellefontecentral

The Bellefonte Central Railroad (reporting mark BFC) was a shortline connecting Bellefonte and State College, Pennsylvania. Constructed in the late 19th century to haul local iron ore to furnaces in the Bellefonte region, it later hauled freight traffic to Penn State and lime for steelmaking from local quarries. The line to State College was abandoned in 1974, and most of the remaining railroad in 1984, but a small portion is still used by the Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad.

    PRRLogo    

and on alphabetroute.com

 

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