The Pennsy Modeler

In order to portray Pennsylvania Railroad and interchange partners as accurately as possible, this blog contains articles which are essentially notes to myself, but are shared should the community desire the same information.

Articles are sorted by modification date, so if an existing article receives an update it will be presented at the top of the list again.

 ES6 8566

This table cross references Pennsy diesel classes with manufacturer model numbers and indicates available HO scale models and first year of use on the PRR system. Table is organized by class prefix and number. Click on class number to view the class roster in a new window. From the roster you can access specific unit information and photos.

Prime mover data is included to assist in selection of sound decoders. 

Models in bold are in my personal collection. 

Corrections and additions to this page are welcome. 

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Based on the Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Equipment Register dated 9/26/54.

A link in the Class column performs a search on the Varnish database and returns the individual car roster. However, the database performs a "contains" search, so a search on class "P70f" will also return "P70fa" records, etc., but not vice versa.

Note that during 1954, the Pennsy dropped the "R" suffix from the class designation which previously indicated air conditioning.

mo tower

The following table lists HO scale models of Pennsylvania Railroad towers that have been produced. Not all models indicated are readily available.

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The following link will take you to the 1957 Cabin Car roster database:

1957 Cabin Car Roster

PRR GP7 8553 1

The following tables illustrate the various spotting features of EMD GP7 and GP9 units purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The basis for these tables are from a Jim Williams presentation at the May 2000 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society.

Road numbers in bold are in my personal collection (or are on order).

EMD GP-7 vs. GP-9

  GP-7 GP-9
Build Dates October 1949
- May 1954
January 1954
- December 1959
Horsepower 1500 1750
Louvers at Rear of Car Body 2 Full Rows 1 Single Louver
Louvers on Battery Box 3 Single Louvers 1 Louver

 

 Alco RS3ph1a
Photo courtesy of Greg Martin collection.

The announcement by Bowser of forthcoming state-of-the-art RS-3's with road-specific features inspired this spotting guide for the various Alco RS units owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Road numbers in bold are in my personal collection (or on order).

Modeling Maintenance of Way (MoW)

Bruce Smith

PRRT&HS, Camp Hill PA 2014

Different types of MoW trains:

Living Quarters (Camp Trains)

Section or work gangs

Moved with the work

Parked in a siding near the job

Providing riding, eating and sleeping functions

Might also have cars for tools and other supplies

Typically made up of retired revenue service cars (passenger or freight)

Part NumberDescription/PhotoComment
Rapido HO Scale #124051-124053

Pullman-Standard Lightweight Dining Car
Diner rendering PRR

Bogus

In fact, the road numbers being offered were all D78x heavyweight diners on the Pennsy!
Rapido
HO Scale #100056-10060
100230-100234
Lightweight Coach, Plan 3979/3979A
RAPIDO 100230
Bogus

Rapido
HO Scale #101056-10160
101111-101115
4-8-4 Duplex Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4124
RAPIDO 101111
Bogus

The Pennsy never owned any plan 4124 sleepers!
Rapido
HO Scale #103145-103047
Cafe-Bar-Lounge Bogus

Car represents a generic rebuild. Road numbers used equate to PRR "Recreation Cars".
Rapido
HO Scale #104068-104072
10-5 Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4186 Bogus

The Pennsy's 10-5's were plan 4130's.
Rapido
HO Scale #104101-104103
10-5 Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4186
Missouri Pacific "Eagle" Livery
RAPIDO EAGLE
Bogus

The Pennsy's 10-5's were plan 4130's.
(An excellent stand-in, though!)
Rapido
HO Scale #106067-106071
73' 6" Smooth Side Baggage-Express Car  
Rapido
HO Scale #107147-107150
Steam Generator Car

Bogus
Rapido
HO Scale #115033-115038
Budd Coach - Congression Scheme
PRR Congo
Bogus

Canadian prototype.
Rapido
HO Scale #115039-115044
Budd Coach - Fleet of Modernism Scheme
PRR FOM
Bogus

Canadian prototype.

Paragon2ReadingT120130912 0002.1The Pennsy was known to operate on its rails locomotives which it did not own. These inclued railroad test units, builder test units, demonstrators, and leased units.

Railroad Test Units

July and August, 1924: The PRR borrowed a 37-ton GE gas-electic at the piers in New York City.

1937: The PRR borrowed an EMC 600 hp switcher for potential use at the General Motors plant in Linden, New Jersey. The Pennsy purchased the unit afterwards -- Class ES6 #5911.

1947: The Pennsy tested an F-M H20-44 as a potential helper west of Altoona. They eventually went with EMD F3's for this purpose, in an A-B-A configuration.

 AMB 141 2 09543.1504129027

Station Location HO Scale Model
Centre Hall, Pa. Branchline
New Freedom, Pa. American Model Builders #AMB-141
North Philadelphia, Pa. DESIGNDYNE on Shapeways
Perryville, Md. DESIGNDYNE on Shapeways
Wilmington, De. Trainstuff (defunct)
DESIGNDYNE on Shapeways

MiltonEisenhowerAndPrezEisenhowerWhile a student at the Pennsylvania State University in the 1980s, I became aware of the Bellefonte Central Railroad, an 18 mile shortline that ran between State College and Bellefonte, Pa. At Bellefonte, the BCR interchanged with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the outside world.

51VbK2XiK3L. SX332 BO1204203200 In 2007, Mike Bezilla and Jack Rudnicki published a book entitled "Rails to Penn State: The Story of the Bellefonte Central". The book was an amazing read, and I was particularly drawn to a chapter highlighting excursion trains over the line. One, in particular, occured when United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited his brother, Milton, who was president of the university at the same time.

"Ike" made several visits to Penn State, but only once by train. The accounting of the trip furthered my interest in not only this particular outing, but in POTUS (President Of The United States) trains in general.

The president arrived in State College by train on May 9, 1953. In addition to the presidential car Ferdinand Magellan, there were six additional cars on the POTUS special: four Pullmans (McKeefryHolbeinGlenn Cliff, and Flotow), a lounge car (Afton Canyon), and PRR diner #7966. The train carried about 65 passengers.