Valuation Maps:

PRR.v17.1.PA 008 1918r44c49 Pittsburgh Div ML PL Wg200gPRR.v17.1.PA-008 1918r44c49 Pittsburgh Div ML (PRRT&HS)
PRR.v17.1.PA 009 1918r49 Pittsburgh Div ML PL Wg200gPRR.v17.1.PA-009 1918r49 Pittsburgh Div ML (PRRT&HS)
PRR.v17.1.PA 010 1918r49 Pittsburgh Div ML PL Wg200gPRR.v17.1.PA-010 1918r49 Pittsburgh Div ML (PRRT&HS)
PRR.v17.1.PA 011 1918r42c49 Pittsburgh Div ML Galitzin PL Wg200gPRR.v17.1.PA-011 1918r42c49 Pittsburgh Div ML - Galitzin (PRRT&HS)

 

Entries from the 1945 edition of the CT1000. Distances are miles from the Altoona passenger station.

335

Penna. Colliery No. 2 (Penna. C. & C. Corp.) (MP 10.7)

335A

Storage (MP 10.6)

Junc. Pittsburgh Division - New Portage Branch - Westbound Conn. (MP 10.9)

Junc. Pittsburgh Division - New Portage Branch - Eastbound Conn. (MP 11.0)

Power Plant Siding (MP 11.1)

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The 1884 Form 76 lists Engine House (MP 52.0; town is called Spring Mill.

The 1900 CT1000 lists William Whitmer (MP 50.4, 7342), Allison Bros. (MP 51.8, 7343), J. D. Long (MP 52.0), Station (MP 52.0), B. Cohn (MP 52.1), and Whitmer & Sons No,. 2 (MP 52.2); town is now called Rising Springs.

The 1923 CT1000 lists Public Track (MP 42.6, 7342), Spring Milling Co. (MP 51.9, 7343), Passing Siding (MP 52.1), Station (MP 52.2), and Allison Bros. (MP 52.2).

The 1945 CT1000 lists Spring Milling Co. (MP 51.9), Station and Public Delivery (MP 52.2), Sheffield Farms Co., Inc. No. 1 (MP 52.2), and Dairymen's League Co-operative Ass'n, Inc. No. 1 (MP 52.3)

6762 Huntingdon2 6752 Huntingdon

huntingdon 1965 2 Near the station, 1965.

huntingdon 1965 1965.
huntingdonstation 1971 1971. ND Huntingdon PA
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

Introduced 1957
Base Color Pastel blue
Letterboard (base)
Windowband (base) 
Lower Band (base) with dark blue stripe below windows
Lettering Dark blue
Car Name Location Upper center below windows
Car Number

Simple number at each end in dark blue

Roof Silver (or perhaps white)
Other Notes Goldsack noted the cars included the car names of the towns the carnival was scheduled to attend. This may have been the first scheme to feature car names (other than #1).

 

 Strates train 1970scheme

Introduced 1970
Base Color Pale yellow
Letterboard

Red, on the red unit

Pastel blue, on the blue unit

Various sayings on many of the letterboards.

Windowband (base) 
Lower Band

(base)

"STRATES SHOWS" in pastel blue with black outline, on the red unit

"STRATES SHOWS" in red with black outline, on the blue unit

Lettering Gold with a black outline
Car Name Location Black text within a gold emblem on the lower band at each end of the car just inside of the car number.
Car Number

White number on a red field within a gold outlined circle, on the blue unit

White number on a pastel blue field within a gold outlined circle, on the red unit

 

Roof Silver
Other Notes

Starting in 1970, the JES field two trains -- a red unit and a blue unit.

There were 27 cars on the red train and 23 cars on the blue train.

In 1970, the car names were #2 Syracuse, Ny. , #3 Hamburg, Ny. #4 Dunkirk, Ny. #5 Raleigh, Nc. #6 Clearfeild, Pa. #7 Nashville, Tn. #8 York, Pa. #9 Winston-Salem, NC #10 Harrington, De. #11 Savannah, Ga. #14 Danville, Va. #12 Diner #21 Baggage-Generator.

 

 

Introduced 1935
Base Color Pullman green
Letterboard

(base)

Windowband (base) 
Lower Band

(base)

Lettering unknown
Car Name Location unknown
Car Number

unknown

 

Roof unknown
Other Notes

The railroad-based show started in 1935.

Goldsack wrote (p. 15) that as of 1937 the cars were in Pullman green. It is unlikely that they wore anything different prior to that date.

Flats, box, and stock cars were painted burnt orange with blue lettering. [p. 15, Goldsack]

 

 

Introduced 1992
Base Color Maroon
Letterboard

(base) 

Windowband (base) 
Lower Band

(base)

Lettering White outlined scroll, with red fill, and white "James E. Strates Shows".
Car Name Location Letterboard, in yellow
Car Number Whte outlined oval at each end, with red fill, and white number. One end contains the prefix "JES ".
Roof White
Other Notes

Initial date of scheme documented by Goldsack (p.90).

#53, the caboose, was painted in bright red with yellow lettering. [p.90, Goldsack]

 

 

Introduced 1954
Base Color Orange
Letterboard

(base) with AMERICA's BEST MIDWAY in light blue lettering.

Windowband Yellow
Lower Band

(base) with thin blue stripe just below the windows.

Lettering Dark blue
Car Name Location none
Car Number

Blue number within circle at each end of the car.

 

Roof Dark, with yellow on sides of clerestory.
Other Notes

Flat cars were orange with blue lettering.

This appears to be the same as the 1948 scheme, but with dark lettering.

 

 Strates train 1997scheme

Introduced 1997
Base Color White
Letterboard Red
Windowband Light blue with horizontal white stripe
Lower Band (base)
Lettering JAMES E, STRATES SHOWS in white on scroll with gold border and dark blue background
Car Name Location Center of letterboard in dark blue
Car Number

Horizontal scroll at each end with gold border, dark blue fill, and gold number. One end adds prefix "JES ".

Roof White
Other Notes [This scheme is practically identical to the 1980 scheme. The lettering is the key spotting change.]

 

 

Introduced 1963 [Biniasz, Strates Shows]
Base Color

Pale cream

Letterboard (base) with red burling and gold edges
Windowband (base)
Lower Band (base) with gold scroll work
Lettering White and gold with black outline/shadow on a pastel blue field of a gold-outlined scroll work.
Car Name Location Center of letterboard in red field with gold outline; letting is gold with black outline/shadow.
Car Number

Emblem on each end with a gold outline, red field, and white road number.

Roof Silver (or white)
Other Notes

This was the "Duke Ash" era.

Flat cars were orange. Lettering was red for the "S" in "Strates Shows" where the rest of the lettering was blue. [p. 55, Goldsack]

[Some confusion as Goldsack writes (p. 55) that the cars were yellowish-orange with "America's Finest Midway" on the letterboard.]