PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton


The PRR built 1,900 "war emergency gondolas" at the Altoona Shops between October, 1940, and May, 1941. The G28 class were of the new standard, 56'6" length, with a 70 ton capacity. They were of riveted steel construction, with corrugated drop ends and wood floors. The cars were built with several types of handbrakes and trucks.

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

Class Car Numbers AAR Class PRR Oct 44 PRR Oct 48 PRR Apr 52 PRR Oct 53 PRR Oct 58 PRR Oct 63 PRR Apr 68
G28 342600 344499 GB GBR GBS 1899 1897 1896 1894 1891 20 664
G28a 343432 - GB 1 1 - - - - -
G28b 342600 344499 GBS - - - - - 47 44
G28c 342600 344499 GB - - - - - - 698
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr. From


Types of trucks used

Class Car Numbers Truck Class Truck Name Qty cars:
G28 342600 343549 2E-F17 National Malleable 950
G28 343550 343799 2E-F18 Young 250
G28 343800 344299 2E-F19 Barrett-Whitehead 500
G28 344300 344499 2E-F20 Elsey  200
G28     2E-F17 National Malleable  
G28     2E-F18 Young  
G28     2E-F18 Young  
G28     2E-F19 Barrett-Whitehead  
Truck data is from PRR documents circa 1940's. Other truck classes may also have been used.



G28 G28 Corner

3/4 view, with cover, Hagley Digital Archives.
view End view, with cover, Hagley Digital Archives.


There were at least 12 variants of the G22 class. The class remained G28.

Between October 1945 and July 1947, 30 were modified with racks for hauling locomotive frames. The A. A. R. designation for these cars changed in July 1949 from "GB" to "GBS". The number of these cars increased to 348 by October 1957.

In April 1953, one G28 (#343338) was rebuilt with a three piece removable roof. The ends were welded shut and ladders and roof walks were added. It was intended for the transport of small coils of steel or flat sheets in bundles. Still a G22, it's A. R. R. class changed from "GB" to "GBR".

Between October 1954 and April 1956, 20 G28 were modified with nailable composite floors. 

Between October 1864 and October 1965, two cars -- #343184 and #344440 -- were modified to carry strip steel and were designated A. A. R. "GBS".

Funaro and Camerlengo offers the G28 as a resin kit. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.

8210thumbFunaro & Camerlengo G28 Gondola

The G28A

PRR 343432 G28 34view

One car built as a test, with wood sides and diagonal bracing. Wore G28 in its markings, though it was a G28A.

The G28B

In January 1960, 47 G28 were modified with H21A hopper car sides for shipment of boxed auto parts. The cars were reclassified G28B.

The G28C

In November 1965 and January 1967, 699 G28 were rebuilt with fixed ends and reclassified G28C.