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The Pennsy's fleet of H25 class hoppers were built between July 1919 and July 1923. In addition to the 3,000 built for the PRR, the Pennsy 2,287 of the same cars from private operators, including Emmons Coal Company, Bethlehem Steel Company, Pickens-Mather and Co., and Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., bringing the total to 5,287. Other than 500 purchased from Emmons, all others were built by Cambria Steel in Johnstown, Pa.

The H25 differed subtly in appearance from the H21A, and was done so because of lessons learned from the H21, H22 and H24 class hopper cars. The cars were initially delivered with a "drop-door" arrangement, but by August 1928 conversions began to the more modern "saw tooth" arrangement. There were many more differences, particularly on the ends, which are discussed in John Teichmoeller's book, Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Open Top Hopper Cars.

 

Starting in 1949 some H25's were rebuilt into class H25A, which was identical to the PRR's later H21G class. By April 1955, 643 of the remaining 3,127 in service H25's were converted to H25A's. These cars, due to their age, did not last into the Penn Central Merger era.

The H25 class has been produced by two brass importers, Sunset and Railworks. While both are externally correct, on the Sunset version, the sides were pressed on a die, leaving an indentation on the interior of the car which isn't correct. However the Railworks version is completely accurate. In addition to brass, this class has also been done in resin by Westerfield and Funaro & Camerlengo. Decals are available from Mount Vernon Shops.

Cars on the PRR roster (as listed in the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)):

ClassCarNumberAAR ClassPRR Oct 44PRR Oct 48PRR Apr 52PRR Oct 53PRR Oct 58PRR Oct 63PRR Apr 68
H25 169635 172921 HT 3268 3264 2880 2106 886 31 -
H25 677046 677425 HT 379 379 337 238 91 2 -
H25 686353 686467 HT 114 114 99 81 36 1 -
H25 706910 707016 HT 107 107 99 73 33 1 -
H25 710069 710073 HT 5 5 5 4 4 - -
H25 720276 720451 HT 176 176 155 122 40 1 -
H25 723082 723123 HT 42 41 40 29 14 - -
H25 729801 730894 HT 1089 1086 970 710 237 4 1
H25 739852 - HT - - - - 1 - -
H25 740701 740726 HT 26 26 22 15 5 - -
H25 909741 909795 HT 55 55 50 41 14 1 -
H25a 244737 249989 HT - - 596 644 635 - -
H25a H21G 249344 249989 HT - - - - - 620 -
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr via PRR.Railfan.com

 

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Funaro & Camerlengo H25 Hopper