PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

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The H34 were a series of 70-ton, two-bay covered hoppers. Following the copying of an ACF 2-bay design in the H33, the PRR decided to contract Pullam-Standard to build 300 of their own version of a 2-bay covered hoppers, their PS-2 in April 1954.

Following the initial success of the design, the PRR built on its own, or had Pullman-Standard build additional batches through to 1958 so that in total, the fleet numbered 1900 cars. Various design changes throughout the build life include re-spaced roof hatches, side ladders additions and the replacement of ribs over the bolsters from channels to a U-rib. All of these classes were used extensively across the system through to the creation of Penn Central, with some even lasting in this scheme into Conrail.

Cars on the PRR roster (as listed in the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)):

Class Car Number AAR Class PRR Oct 44 PRR Oct 48 PRR Apr 52 PRR Oct 53 PRR Oct 58 PRR Oct 63 PRR Apr 68
H34 256050 256349 LO - - - - 300 299 298
H34a 257001 257300 LO - - - - 300 299 295
H34b 257301 257700 LO - - - - 400 398 395
H34c 257701 258100 LO - - - - 400 400 399
H34d 258101 258600 LO - - - - NEW 496 494
H34e 258391 - LO - - - - - - 1
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr. From prr.railfan.net.

 


H34

The H34 were built by Pullman Standard, Butler, Pa., April-June 1954, Lot 8176.

The H34 has never been produced in HO scale due to its uniquely spaced roof hatches. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.


H34A

The H34A were built by the Altoona shops from Pullman Standard supplied parts, May - June, 1955.

The H34 classes have been done in various forms in various details by MDC/Roundhouse, Atlas, and Kadee. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.


H34B

The H34B were built by Pullman Standard, Butler, Pa., November-December 1955, Lot 8278B.

The H34 classes have been done in various forms in various details by MDC/Roundhouse, Atlas, and Kadee. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.


H34C

The H34C were built by Pullman Standard, Butler, Pa., first 100- July-August 1957, Lot 8378B; last 300- April 1958, Lot 8430.

The H34 classes have been done in various forms in various details by MDC/Roundhouse, Atlas, and Kadee. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.

n50005909 78813Atlas H34C hopper.


H34D

The H34D were built by the Altoona shops from Pullman Standard supplied parts, October-December 1958. Cars were legally "Rebuilt 1958" even though most of the car was new construction.

The H34 classes have been done in various forms in various details by MDC/Roundhouse, Atlas, and Kadee. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.