The Pennsy Modeler

In order to portray Pennsylvania Railroad and interchange partners as accurately as possible, this blog contains articles which are essentially notes to myself, but are shared should the community desire the same information.

Articles are sorted by modification date, so if an existing article receives an update it will be presented at the top of the list again.

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FM ERIE-A / B, Class FF20 / FP20 / FP20a

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
9456A-9471A
9456B-9470B (even)
16A
8B
11/47-4/48  
9472A-9477A
9472B-9476B (even)
6A
3B
6-7/48 Life Like Proto 10001 (9472A, 9472B, 9473A, 9478A)
9478A-9479A
9478B

2A
1B

9/48 Life Like Proto 10001 (9478A)
9480A-9491A 12A 9-12/48 Life Like Proto 10001 (9487A)
1 Model lacks Trainphone per prototype.

 

FM CFA / CFB 16-4, Class FF16

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
9448A-9455A
9492A-9499A
9448B-9454B (even)
9492B-9498B (even)
16A

8B
9-11/50 Life Like Proto 1000 (9448A, 9448B, 9450A, 9452A, 9493A)

PRR 8706

FM H16-44, Class FS16m

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
8807-8816 10 4-5/52

Atlas (8807, 8809)

Bachmann (8809, 8810, 8815)

 

 ES6 8566

This table cross references Pennsy diesel classes with manufacturer model numbers and indicates available HO scale models and first year of use on the PRR system. Table is organized by class prefix and number. Click on class number to view the class roster in a new window. From the roster you can access specific unit information and photos.

Prime mover data is included to assist in selection of sound decoders. 

Models in bold are in my personal collection. 

Corrections and additions to this page are welcome. 

Unknown

Lima 2500 HP Transfer Unit, Class LS25 / LS25m

Road Numbers Qty Class Delivery HO Scale Models
5671-5683 13 LS25 5-7/50  
8943-8951 9 LS25m 5-9/51  

 

Baldwin RT-624, Class BS24 / BS24m

Road Numbers Qty Class Delivery HO Scale Models
8952, 8953 2 BS24 7/51  
8954-8965 12 BS24m 8-11/51  
8724-8731 8 BS24m 9-12/52  
8113 1 BS24m 2/54  

 

Union tank Car

As of 1950, the following quantities of tank cars were rostered in North America, according to the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER). This list does not include milk tanks, vinegar tanks, pickle tanks or tanks specifically denoted for company service. Compiled by Jerry Britton.

 Alco RS3ph1a

The announcement by Bowser of forthcoming state-of-the-art RS-3's with road-specific features inspired this spotting guide for the various Alco RS units owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Road numbers in bold are in my personal collection (or on order).

Publicker-Ward Distilling Co.

TIchy - Special run from the Susquehanna Division of the Mid Eastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association in 2017.

publicker ward

 

When planning to model the Pennsy during the post World War II era, there are certain parameters which you may or may not wish to consider when selecting a year (or years) to depict. Among them may be paint schemes, specific models of diesel locomotives, specific models of freight cars, etc.

The graph below illustrates when certain features of the Pennsy came into play, or faded into history.

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Union Tank Car Company or UTLX (their best known reporting mark) is a railway equipment leasing company (and car maintenance / manufacturing) headquartered in metro Chicago, Illinois. As the name says, they specialise in tank cars, and covered hopper cars. As of September 2005, according to their site, they have about 80,000 cars in their fleet.Union Tank Car Company or UTLX (their best known reporting mark) is a railway equipment leasing company (and car maintenance / manufacturing) headquartered in metro Chicago, Illinois. As the name says, they specialise in tank cars, and covered hopper cars. As of September 2005, according to their site, they have about 80,000 cars in their fleet.

Union Tank Car Company was founded in 1866 by Captain Jacob J. Vandergrift, in response to the economic activities of John D. Rockefeller in the years leading up to his creation of Standard Oil. Vandergrift was involved in the conflicts in the oil regions of Western Pennsylvania in the 1860sā€“1870s. Eventually, Union Tank Car Company and Vandergrift's other holdings, which included pipeline and riverboat transport companies, merged with the company that later became Standard Oil. Rockefeller, once Captain Vandergrift's nemesis, made him Vice President of Standard Oil. The town of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, built in 1895 by steel company president George G. McMurtry to house his workers, was named in Vandergrift's honor.

 SylvanScaleModelsPRRtrailer

Early Trailer Numbering -- 1954-1959

The trailer number was broken into three parts. The first two digits indicated the trailer length. These two digits were followed by an alphabet letter (C, E, or W). The sig-nificance of the letter is unknown. The letter was followed by numbers indicating the trailer number. Thus trailer 32E250 is a 32ā€™ trailer numbered 250.

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440px General American Transportation Corporation logoGATX Corporation (GATX) is an equipment finance company based in ChicagoIllinois. Founded in 1898, GATX's primary activities consist of railcar operating leasing in North America and Europe.

GATX derives its name from its primary reporting mark for its North American railcars, "GATX". The mark itself was derived from GATX's prior corporate name, "General American Transportation Corporation". History includes GATX working with famous designer Russel Wright to develop "Meladur", a famous melamine dinnerware from 1943-1945, using Melmac by American Cyanamid which was to be used on passenger cars and in hospitals marked with the name "General American". [3] Since all non-railroad owners of railcars must append an "X" to the end of their mark, GAT became GATX. GATX mainly applies the GATX mark to tank cars, although the mark has been used in other examples such as with hoppers; GATX's primary freightcar marks are GACX (for general-service freight cars), GGPX (for coal cars), GIMX (for intermodal cars), GPLX (for plastic pellet cars), GMTX and LLPX (for locomotives), and GPFX (for pressure-differential cars). GATX also owns a number of other marks, including GABX, GAEX, GFSX, GOHX, GSCX, IPSX, and TRIX. Many GATX cars carry a large "GATX" logo in the upper right-hand corner of the car regardless of the reporting mark they carry; this logo is applied for marketing reasons and does not have any operational significance.