- Hits: 4662
The information presented following was cumulated from the January 1955 edition of the ORER (Official Railroad Equipment Register). The data pages for the Pennsylvania Railroad indicate that the data is current as of October 1, 1954.
Subclasses are tallied separately, with the exception of H21a, H21b, and H21e hopper cars which which were listed in different combinations, but combined here as "H21a & variants".
The list only takes into account equipment available for interchange, so does not include miscellaneous and maintenance of way equipment.
The referenced HO scale models are listed based on how the cars are lettered... not what they best represent. Some cars show comments as to their appropriateness, while cars that have not been evaluated are followed by a "(?)". "(OOB)" indicates that the manufacturer is out of business.
My compilation shows a total fleet of 183,689 cars available for interchange, broken out by Box, Gondola, Stock, Coke, Hopper, and Flat car types.
- Hits: 4635
|Interpretation of Truck Classification|
|First||Number of axles per truck|
|Second||A.A.R. Class letter for journal dia. only (see below)|
|Third||Dash-for standard A.A.R. axle
number-for numerical deviation from A.A.R. standard
|Fourth||Service of truck. F=Freight, P=Passenger, T=Tender|
|Fifth||Consecutive design of truck for class|
|Sixth||Modification to truck design|
|Journal size (in.)||3-3/4x7||4-1/4x8||5x9||5-1/2x10||6x11||6-1/2x12|
|Capy. per axle||15000||24000||32000||40000||50000||60000|
- Hits: 2255
- Hits: 3446
The Northern Central Railway (NCRY) caught my attention early in my love for the Pennsy. Two excellent reads on the line are Robert Gunnarsson's The Story of the Northern Central Railway and Bill Caloroso's Pennsylvania Railroad's Elmira Branch (pictured above).
The Northern Central Railway was a Class I Railroad connecting Baltimore, Maryland with Sunbury, Pennsylvania, along the Susquehanna River. Completed in 1858, the line came under the control of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1861, when the PRR acquired a controlling interest in the Northern Central's stock to compete with the rival Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O). For eleven decades the Northern Central operated as a subsidiary of the PRR until much of its Maryland trackage was washed out by Hurricane Agnes in 1972; after which most of its operations ceased as the Penn Central declined to repair sections.
- Hits: 8047
|1-250||25 Ton Hopper Gondola||200||108||0||0|
|200-249||HM||50 Ton Steel Gondola||0||0||47||1
|251-2650||30 Ton Wood Hopper Gondola||2,400||2,400||1,633||0|
|2651-3150||GN||40 Ton Wood Hopper Gondola||0||500||491||0|
|2656, 2670, 2830, 2904, 2952, 3048, 3061, 3069, 3097||50 Ton Steel Gondola||0||0||9||0|
|3151-3250||50 Ton Steel Gondola||0||0||100||0|
|3251-3750||HM||50 Ton Steel Gondola, ACF/PSC||0||0||500||62|
|3752-3811||GB||50 Ton Steel Gondola 46', G22. Built in 1918 to Pennsy standards with drop bottom doors. Rebuilt in the late 1920s with a tight floor, running to abandonement of the railroad in March 1954.||0||0||0||7|
- Hits: 7967
|7||Combine. Converted from a baggage car at Coleville.|
|15||Combine. Converted from a baggage car at Coleville.|
|100 (1st)||Steam Powered Combine|
|100 (2nd)||Gas Powered Coach|
|100||Plow Russell snow plow.|
|101||Caboose (photo in 1953)|
|102||Caboose (photo in 1947) Ex-Army staff car.|
|103||Caboose (photo in 1955) Evans Autorailer.|
- Hits: 8566
|1||4-6-0||1892 - 1902||Baldwin 1886, acquired 1892 from BRB&BE, sold 1902 to Pittsburgh Construction Co.|
|2||4-6-0||1892 - 1903||Baldwin 18??, ex-PRR class G1, acq. 1892, sold 1903.|
|3||4-6-0||1893 - 1902||Baldwin 1873 ex-PRR class G1 No. 836, acq. 1893, sold 1902 to Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad.|
|4||2-8-0||1902 - 1912||Altoona? 1883, ex-PRR class H1, acq. 1902, sold 1912 to Brownsville Construction Co.|
|5||4-4-0||1902 - 1920||Altoona 1886, ex-PRR class D7a No. 1015, acq. 1902, sold 1920 to Kishacoquillas Valley RR.|
|6||2-8-0||1903 - 1910||Altoona? 1882, ex-PRR class H1, acq. 1903, sold 1910.|
|7||4-4-0||1904 - 1905||????, acq. 1904, exchanged for No. 8, 1905.|
|8||4-4-0||1905 - 1912||Baldwin 1883, ex-Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac, acq. 1905, sold 1912.|
|9||2-8-0||1910 - 1936||Altoona 1888, ex-PRR class H3 No. 4159, acq. 1910, scrapped 1936.|
|10||2-8-0||1910 - 1928||Altoona 1889, ex-PRR class H3 No. 1759, acq. 1910, retired 1926, scrapped 1928.|
|11||2-8-0||1912 - 1928||Altoona 1891, ex-PRR class H3 No. 196, acq. 1912, scrapped 1928.|
|12||4-6-0||1920 - 1921||????. acq. 1920, sold 1921 to Louisiana & Northwestern.|
|13||2-8-0||1923 - 1930||Altoona 1888, ex-PRR class H3 No. 4158, acq. 1923, sold for scrap 1930.|
|14||2-8-0||1928 - 1931||Alco/Brooks, ??, ex-Pittsburgh Lisbon & Western No. 18 (?), acq. 1928, sold for scrap 1931.|
|15||2-8-0||1929 - 1940||Baldwin 1905, ex Lehigh & New England No. 18, acq. 1929, sold 1940 to C&PA RR.|
|16||2-8-0||1930 - 1940||Alco/R. I. 1902, ex-Detroit Toledo & Ironton No. 76, acq. 1930, sold 1940 to M&U RR.|
|17||2-8-0||1930 - 1947||Alco/R. I. 1902, ex-Detroit Toledo & Ironton No. 77, acq. 1930, scrapped 1947.|
|18||2-8-0||1938 - 1947||Richmond 1909, ex-C&O, ex-Va. Central No. 1022, acquired from dealer 1938, scrapped 1947.|
|19||2-8-0||1940 - 1949||Richmond 1906, ex-C&O, ex-Va. Central No. 901, acquired from dealer 1940, scrapped 1949.|
|20||2-8-0||1946 - 1953||Juniata,1913, ex-PRR class H9s No. 3485, purchased from PRR 1946, scrapped 1953.|
|21||2-8-0||1947 - 1953||Juniata 1908, ex-PRR class H9s No. 1691, purchased from PRR 1947, scrapped 1953.|
|22||2-8-0||1949 - 1956||Baldwin, ex-PRR class H9s No. 444, purchased from PRR 1949, scrapped 1956.|
|5323||SW9||1953 - 1979||Purchased 1953 new from EMD, off roster 1979, to South Central Tennessee RR.|
|5624||SW1200||1956 - 1985||Purchased 1956 new from EMD, off roster 1985, to South Central Tennessee RR.|
- Hits: 581
- Hits: 2459
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to operate on many fine model railroads, including...
- Dave Abeles' Conrail Onondaga Cutoff
- Chris Adams' New York, New Haven & Hartford
- Bill Blackburn's Pennsylvania Railroad, Great Valley Division
- Jim Clay's Pennsylvania Railroad, Cumberland Valley Branch (fallen flag)
- Jim Dalberg's New Jersey Northern
- Tom Jacobs' 1970s Reading Company "Crossline"
- Tony Koester's Nickel Plate Road
- Steven Mallery's Pennsylvania Railroad, Buffalo Line
- Bob Martin's Central Pennsylvania Railroad (fallen flag)
- Larry Reynolds' Pennsylvania Railroad, Altoona Area
- Dave Rohrbaugh's South Penn Railroad
- Dave Trone's West Penn Railroad
- Jeff Warner's PRR/RDG/WM South Central Region (fallen flag)
- Bob Zeolla's Conrail Conemaugh Line
The Bucket List
If the stars were to align, I would love to operate on the following layouts...
- Gerry Albers' Deepwater District, New RIver Division, Virginian Railway
- Mike Burgett's Chesapeake & Ohio, Clifton Forge Division, 1965
- Ken McCorry's Pennsylvania Railroad, Buffalo Line
- Dave Ramos' New York Harbor Railroad
- Jerry Whooley's New York and Long Branch Railroad
- Hits: 3403
Union Switch & Signal (US&S) was a primary supplier of control systems to the Pennsylvania Railroad. Their compact, desktop series of CTC machines were labeled the 500 series. What follows is a discussion of what is seen on these machines and how they differed from location to location.
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