PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

 4936V5

The F22 was a 30' heavy duty flat car, commonly used in the transport of U.S. Navy battleship guns and earning the moniker "gun flats". The F22 was nearly identical to the F23 but featured a wood deck.

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

ClassCarNumberAAR ClassPRR Oct 44PRR Oct 48PRR Apr 52PRR Oct 53PRR Oct 58PRR Oct 63PRR Apr 68
F22 435287 435400 FG 109 109 108 53 36 19 5
F22 925526 925535 FG 10 10 10 8 7 5 -
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr; source prr.railfan.net

 

Types of trucks used:

ClassCarNumbersTruck ClassTruck NameQty cars:
F22     2F-F1 Crown  
Truck data is from PRR documents circa 1940's. Other truck classes may also have been used.
Source: prr.railfan.net

PRR 435317 925527 F22 E12573 090440

F22 Couplets

The F22's were most commonly used in pairs, and Bruce Smith reports the following assigned pairings. The original source and era are unknown.

435322-435387
435358-435340
435306-435371
435308-925532
435309-925526
435305-435367
435341-435390
435312-435328
435356-435350
435298-435372
435382-435388
435321-435349
435319-435295
435317-925527
435291-435400
435397-435315
435311-435396
435289-435338
435303-435287
435399-435370
435393-435377
435345-435344
925533-435363
435365-435368

435364 – one of two cars with a span well.

3 cars foundry photo 600 225

F22 car 435337 F22 cars 435317 and 925527 coupled 34 view
F22 cars with gun mounted on gun bridge F22 United Engine Co. forging press on two F22 flat cars

 

An HO scale brass model has been offered by Railworks; resin kits are available from Funaro & Camerlengo. Decals have been offered by Mount Vernon Shops. A variety of wood decks and loads are offered by American Model Builders, including a naval gun barrel.

4936V5Funaro & Camerlengo F22 flat cars with American Model Builders gun barrel load.