David CrockettThe Penn Texas, train 3 westbound, was a New York to St. Louis passenger train taking passengers to the "Gateway to the West". As such, it carried many interchange cars which I recently put some time into completing.

The train passed Lewistown during the early morning hours, so most of the shades are down in the sleepers.

The first car, defined as a MS60, R50 or B60, was a New York to St. Louis mail storage car.

MP 4169

MP 4169 is a stock Walthers car with a user-applied road number decal.

 

The 11th car, a SL 14 Rmt.-4 DBR or 10 Rmt.-6 DBR LW, was a New York to San Antonio car. It was protected by a PRR PS106 or Frisco/Katy 14 roomettes-4 double bedrooms car, as follows: JAMES BONHAM (Katy), DAVID CROCKETT (Katy), PIERRE LACLEDE (Frisco), SWATARA RAPIDS (PRR), or TIOGA RAPIDS (PRR). All cars wore MKT "Texas Special" livery. At St. Louis, the car was transferred to Frisco-Katy No. 1.

David Crockett

DAVID CROCKETT is a Hallmark brass car which had been named EUGENE FIELD. The car name was carefully stripped and new name decals were applied.

The 12th car, a SL 14 Roomette-4 DBR LW, was a New York to El Paso car. It was protexted by EAGLE CITY (T&P), EAGLE BEACH (T&P), EAGLE SUMMIT (MP), EAGLE CHAIN (MP), or EAGLE PATH (T&P). All cars wore MP "Eagle" livery. At St. Louis it was transferred to MP 1.

Eagle Beach

EAGLE BEACH is a Hallmark brass car with car name decals applied.

The 13th car, a SL 10 Roomette-6 DBR LW, was a New York to San Antonio car. It was protected by EAGLE CHARM, EAGLE BLUFF, EAGLE CHIEF, or EAGLE BEAM. All were PRR ACF cars built in 1950 to Pullman design 9008 and painted in MP "Eagle" livery. At St. Louis it was transferred to MP 21.

Eagle Charm

EAGLE CHARM is a Hallmark brass car with car name decals applied.

The 14th car, a SL 10 Roomette-6 DBR LW, was a New York to Houston car. It was protected by EAGLE GRAND, EAGLE EYE, EAGLE COVE or EAGLE HEAD. All were PRR ACF cars built in 1950 to Pullman design 9008 and painted in MP "Eagle" livery. At St. Louis it was transferred to MP 21.

Eagle Cove

EAGLE COVE is a Hallmark brass car with car name decals applied.

The 15th car, a SL 10 Roomette-6 DBR LW, was a Washington to Houston car. It was protected by EAGLE OAK (PRR; ACF plan 9008), ELK RIVER (MP; Budd), CRYSTAL RIVER (MP; Budd), or ROAMING RIVER (MP; Budd). All cars wore MP "Eagle" livery. It was picked up at Harrisburg and at St. Louis was transferred to MP 21.

Crystal River

CRYSTAL RIVER is a Hallmark brass car with car name decals applied.

The 16th car, a SL 10 Roomette-6 DBR LW, was a New York to Columbus car and only travelled west on train 3. It had a convoluted route which is explained in the article The Penn Texas. It was protected by VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE or HAMDEN SIDNEY COLLEGE (N&W Budd 9523) or SUSSEX COUNTY (N&W PS 4140) or SCHUYLKILL RAPIDS or SCIOTO RAPIDS (PRR PS 4140) or ALLEGHENY RAPIDS, MISSISSIPPI RAPIDS or GREEN RAPIDS (PRR ACF 9008). The car did not run on Saturdays.

I plan to rotate the following cars between appearances. I hope to eventually model an N&W Budd 9523 car, as well as a PRR ACF 9008 car.

Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY is a Walthers car that was striipped, repainted, and decaled.

Schylkill Rapids

SCHUYLKILL RAPIDS is a stock Walthers car with car name decals applied.