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.

 X44 604424

The X43 series were 50' post-war steel box cars based on an AAR design.

In HO scale, the X44 box car is available as a plastic kit from Atlas (formerly Branchline Trains).

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From a Westerfield kit...

HISTORY

The earliest reference to conversion of XL box cars to maintenance of way and crew cars (or camp cars as they were called by the Pennsylvania Railroad) is 1937. Blueprints were issued for standard sets of cars. One set entitled "four car unit for living quarters" included a riding car, two sleeping cars and a kitchen/dining car. Another entitled "four car unit wreck train" included a tool car, cable car, riding/locker car, and commissary car. A third showed wire train cars: a riding car with cupola and pantograph and a tool/material car. These were far from the only variations as photos reveal many others. The details, especially smoke jacks and vents were added from available supplies, resulting in standard cars on which almost nothing was standard. The Westerfield models are based on the blueprints in most cases as the plans reveal the position of internal details making the location of ventilators more precise.

Part NumberDescription/PhotoComment
Rapido HO Scale #124051-124053

Pullman-Standard Lightweight Dining Car
Diner rendering PRR

Bogus

In fact, the road numbers being offered were all D78x heavyweight diners on the Pennsy!
Rapido
HO Scale #100056-10060
100230-100234
Lightweight Coach, Plan 3979/3979A
RAPIDO 100230
Bogus

Rapido
HO Scale #101056-10160
101111-101115
4-8-4 Duplex Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4124
RAPIDO 101111
Bogus

The Pennsy never owned any plan 4124 sleepers!
Rapido
HO Scale #103145-103047
Cafe-Bar-Lounge Bogus

Car represents a generic rebuild. Road numbers used equate to PRR "Recreation Cars".
Rapido
HO Scale #104068-104072
10-5 Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4186 Bogus

The Pennsy's 10-5's were plan 4130's.
Rapido
HO Scale #104101-104103
10-5 Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4186
Missouri Pacific "Eagle" Livery
RAPIDO EAGLE
Bogus

The Pennsy's 10-5's were plan 4130's.
(An excellent stand-in, though!)
Rapido
HO Scale #106067-106071
73' 6" Smooth Side Baggage-Express Car  
Rapido
HO Scale #107147-107150
Steam Generator Car

Bogus
Rapido
HO Scale #115033-115038
Budd Coach - Congression Scheme
PRR Congo
Bogus

Canadian prototype.
Rapido
HO Scale #115039-115044
Budd Coach - Fleet of Modernism Scheme
PRR FOM
Bogus

Canadian prototype.

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From a Westerfield kit...

HISTORY

The X23 camp cars were created in the early 1940's. Holes were cut in each side for four standard camp car windows. This required the removal of the horizontal ribs where the windows would be placed. Unlike the X23B revision which unbolted these ribs, the camp car conversion merely cut them off, leaving a visible flange. Full grab irons were bolted to the door and a large bar-stock step placed underneath it. The end braces were cut for the placement of a standard camp car door. Grabs were bolted to the jams and the end grabs revised. A standard platform that could be hinged up when not in use was bolted to the end sill.

Modeling Maintenance of Way (MoW)

Bruce Smith

PRRT&HS, Camp Hill PA 2014

Different types of MoW trains:

Living Quarters (Camp Trains)

Section or work gangs

Moved with the work

Parked in a siding near the job

Providing riding, eating and sleeping functions

Might also have cars for tools and other supplies

Typically made up of retired revenue service cars (passenger or freight)

The following are former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger cars in active excursion service. RIding one of these is on my bucket list, though cost and recent Amtrak policy may shutter excursion service for good.

FRANK THOMSON

Frank Thomson

The Frank Thomson is one of seven cars built by Pullman to plan 4134 for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The series were named after PRR presidents and feature two drawing rooms, one compartment, one double bedroom, and observation section.

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MiltonEisenhowerAndPrezEisenhowerWhile a student at the Pennsylvania State University in the 1980s, I became aware of the Bellefonte Central Railroad, an 18 mile shortline that ran between State College and Bellefonte, Pa. At Bellefonte, the BCR interchanged with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the outside world.

51VbK2XiK3L. SX332 BO1204203200 In 2007, Mike Bezilla and Jack Rudnicki published a book entitled "Rails to Penn State: The Story of the Bellefonte Central". The book was an amazing read, and I was particularly drawn to a chapter highlighting excursion trains over the line. One, in particular, occured when United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited his brother, Milton, who was president of the university at the same time.

"Ike" made several visits to Penn State, but only once by train. The accounting of the trip furthered my interest in not only this particular outing, but in POTUS (President Of The United States) trains in general.

The president arrived in State College by train on May 9, 1953. In addition to the presidential car Ferdinand Magellan, there were six additional cars on the POTUS special: four Pullmans (McKeefryHolbeinGlenn Cliff, and Flotow), a lounge car (Afton Canyon), and PRR diner #7966. The train carried about 65 passengers.

 PRR X38 Box Car 73863 E18850 BLT 2 42 a x

In HO scale, the X38 box car is available as a resin kit from Funaro & Camerlengo. In addition to the decals in the kits, Mount Vernon Shops offers decals for the series. .

Additional References:

Fischer, Ian, "PRR Class X37 and X38 Box Cars", The Keystone, published by the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society, volume 14 number 4, Winter 1981.

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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The X26 series were 40' World War I composite box cars based on an AAR design.

Due to a variety of door and ladder combinations within subclasses, photographs should be referenced for accurate road numbers. Photos of models cannot be trusted for legitimate road numbers, but photos of completed models are included for illustration purposes.

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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 32’ trailer numbered 250.