PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

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Pennsylvania’s F41 flatcars were completed in the road’s Altoona, PA car shops. The body castings had numerous differences from the standard GSC design, including a different side profile, and substantially different shapes of the car ends. 

They had a capacity of 70 tons, were 53'6" long, with wood decks, and designed for general service. Many received racks for hauling auto framaes or auto parts.

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
F41 469300 469999 FM FMS LP - - - - 700 697 631
F41b 480000 480299 FM FMS - - - - - 300 263
F41d 480000 480299 FM - - - - - 50 48
F41e 469300 469999 FMS - - - - - 2 2
F41f 469300 469999 FM - - - - - - 61
F41f 480000 480299 FM - - - - - - 37
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr. From prr.railfan.net.

 

F41

PRR F41 469316 side

PRR built the first 500 F41 cars between December 1955 and May 1956 as PRR 469500-469999. Two hundred more F41s were completed between November and December 1956 as PRR 469300-469499. These first two groups of cars rode on ASF A-3 trucks.

Imperfect representations in plastic have been offered by Gloorcraft, Tichy, and Walthers. A 3D printed F41 is available from Plate C.

1009 00Plate C F41 flat car.


F41A

PRR F41A 469636 side

Between 1956 and 1965, 110 F30 were modified with the addition of bulkheads for shipment of wallboard.


 F41B

Between August and September 1959, Sam Rea Shops constructed 300 more cars as class F41B, PRR 480000-480299. They rode on older salvaged Crown 70-ton trucks.

A 3D printed F41 is available from Plate C.

1009 01Plate C F41B flat car.


 F41D

Fifty F41D were built in April 1962, 480300-480349. These rode on older salvaged Crown 70-ton trucks.

A 3D printed F41 is available from Plate C.


F41E

 In January 1963, two F41 (469756 and 469812) were fitted with cushion underframes and placed in auto frame service and reclassified F41E.


F41F

In September 1965, 62 F41, 36 F41B and two F41D were modified to create the F41F. The modifications remain unknown.