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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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.
Our first subject is the machine that was installed in ALTO tower (Altoona) to remotely control WORKS, ROSE, HOMER, and ANTIS. It features 30 vertical spaces. Above is the right half of the machine.
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This table cross references Pennsy steam locomotives by class, type, sub class, sub class designator, year of introduction, and availability of HO models.
Eventually, clicking on minor class number will link to a class-specific page which will include prototype builder data, specifications, unit rosters, and unit photos.
Models in bold are in my personal collection.
Corrections and additions to this page are welcome.
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From a Westerfield kit...
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.
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Buff from c. 1916 until 1960, then light green (except N8's were Buff and Cream until 1960 -- then light green).
FEBRUARY 20, 1914
"Date" on tracing for the new all-steel N5 cabins. "Issued" one month later (3/20/1914), "Made Standard" (12/30/1915). Although not present on tracing (may have been changed) original color may have been bright red (this assumption is made because of the following item added to tracing 7/9/1915).
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|HO Scale #_____||1920s Heavyweights: Duplex Sleeper||Correct.
Cars Eventide and Nocturneonly.
|HO Scale #_____||1930s Streamliners: RPO
|HO Scale #_____||1930s Streamliners: 12-5 Duplex Sleeper||Correct.
|HO Scale #_____||1930s Streamliners: ACF 10-6 Roomette Sleeper||Correct.
Rapids-Series 8339-8342, 8444-8446.
|HO Scale #_____||1930s Streamliners: Pullman-Standard Observation||Correct.
|HO Scale||All Others||Incorrect.|
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Centralia Car Shops products are distributed through InterMountain Railway Company.
HO Scale #CCS4530
|P85b Coach, PENNSYLVANIA Letterboard
HO Scale #CCS4531
|P85b Coach, Keystone Livery
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|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|
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|Station Location||HO Scale Model|
|Centre Hall, Pa.||Branchline|
|New Freedom, Pa.||American Model Builders #AMB-141|
|Wilmington, De.||Trainstuff (defunct)|
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The paint scheme on the Pennsy's passenger diesels changed over time. Bob Johnson, Chairman of the PRRT&HS Archive Committee, provided the following summary from documents found within the archives of the PRRT&HS:
Before 8-11-1952 - Dark Green with Gold Leaf lettering and striping. Five stripes. (photo above)
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Modeling Maintenance of Way (MoW)
PRRT&HS 2014 Annual Meeting
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)
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