PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

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The F34 featured four 2F-F3 four-wheel heavy duty trucks and a deck of steel plates. The capacity was a whopping 187-1/2 tons. It was used to move forgings, turbinesm and fabrications.

Two F34 were built by Altoona in November 1938 and another in April 1943 to meet the needs of its customers. Mesta Machine Company of Pittsburgh, General Electric, and Westinghouse were among their frequent users.

The cars had a length of 44'0" over strikers and a loading platform of 44'0" by 9'2-1/2".

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
F34 470200 470202 FM 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr. From prr.railfan.net.

 

Types of trucks used

Class Car Numbers Truck Class Truck Name Qty cars:
F34     2F-F2    
Truck data is from PRR documents circa 1940's. Other truck classes may also have been used. From prr.railfan.net.

 


F34

PRR 470202 F34 E14300 041543

The F34 has been offered in brass by Railworks; and as a resin kit by Funaro & Camerlengo. The Athearn offering is incorrect.

8470LargeFunaro & Camerlengo F34 flat car.

RW F34Railworks F34 flat car.