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The following is a chronology of movements over a 24 hour period at the passenger station at Harrisburg, Pa. For my personal modeling purposes, I needed such a chronology of events. The date (September 26, 1954) was chosen as many of my reference materials have publish dates of 9/26/54.
The consists were derived from the public timetables. Where known, I substituted the Pennsy class designation in the consist listing.
There are many time differences between documents published on the same date. Where conflict occured, I opted for the data contained within the Employee Timetable.
To make this chronology more manageable, I split it into four pages: this Overview, and three "Tricks". A "trick" is synonymous with a work shift. Though the actual breakdown of tricks varied depending upon job title and locale, most ran 7 a.m.-3 p.m., first trick; 3 p.m.-11 p.m., second trick; and 11 p.m.-7 a.m., third trick.
Your feedback and corrections are appreciated. Enjoy!
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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.
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The information presented following was cumulated from the January 1955 edition of the ORER (Official Railroad Equipment Register). The data pages for the Pennsylvania Railroad indicate that the data is current as of October 1, 1954.
Subclasses are tallied separately, with the exception of H21a, H21b, and H21e hopper cars which which were listed in different combinations, but combined here as "H21a & variants".
The list only takes into account equipment available for interchange, so does not include miscellaneous and maintenance of way equipment.
The referenced HO scale models are listed based on how the cars are lettered... not what they best represent. Some cars show comments as to their appropriateness, while cars that have not been evaluated are followed by a "(?)". "(OOB)" indicates that the manufacturer is out of business.
My compilation shows a total fleet of 183,689 cars available for interchange, broken out by Box, Gondola, Stock, Coke, Hopper, and Flat car types.
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Keystone Crossings was a web site published by Jerry Britton from 1997 through June of 2018. The site featured prototypic and modeling information relevant to the Pennsylvania Railroad and achieved a sort of "cult following" during its 21 years in operation.
My first exposure to the World Wide Web was in 1992. At the time, there were no graphical web browsers. Browsing was solely text based and I used a program called Lynx to get around. I started learning HTML programming and was responsible for the initial web presence of Elizabethtown College, my employer at the time.
Graphical browsers came along shortly thereafter, and by 1996 I had the itch to build something bigger. Rather than writing meaningless code, strictly for the sake of doing so, I wanted a "real" subject that I could build on. I chose the Pennsylvania Railroad, never expecting that it would take on a life of its own.
The initial Keystone Crossing site lived on America Online and consisted of about a dozen pages. Bruce Smith, Rob Schoenberg, and I seemed to have the only Pennsy sites out there at the time.
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The Z62 class included seven cars in a 1928 program. The cars were typically assigned to division superintendents.
In HO scale, the Z62 has been produced in brass by Railworks.
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The Z68 was a minor class of business car on the Pennsy and were three cars authorized in the 1928 program.
No known HO scale models of this class have been produced to date.
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The N8 was the final cabin car (caboose) built by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Two hundred examples were built between December 1950 and June 1951, numbered 478020 to 478219. Cars 478100 to 478219 featured inductive trainphone antennas and battery boxes. Approximately half of the fleet had electrical lighting.
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The F22 was a 30' heavy duty flat car, commonly used in the transport of U.S. Navy battleship guns and earning the moniker "gun flats". The F22 was nearly identical to the F23 but featured a wood deck.
An HO scale brass model has been offered by Railworks and resin kits are available from Funaro & Camerlengo. Decals have been offered by Mount Vernon Shops. A variety of wood decks and loads are offered by American Model Builders, including a naval gun barrel.
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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.
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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The first all-metal door to gain general acceptance was launched in 1910 by the Chicago Railway Equipment Corporation (Creco), a major supplier of other accoutrements to car builders. Creco three-panel steel doors were used on Pennsylvania Railroad’s X23 boxcars built in 1912 but acceptance of Creco doors remained limited. Things changed in 1923 when the three-panel bottom-supported Creco doors was applied to many PRR X29 boxcars. Variations of the Creco door continued in use into the 1940s.
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Modeling Maintenance of Way (MoW)
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 Track Segment series documents track segments as indicated in the CT1000 of 1945 in conjunction with the Employee Timetables of 1954. Where available, locations indicated may link to a corresponding On Location series article for more detailed information.
The On Location series takes a deep dive into a Pennsylvania Railroad location as indicated within the CT1000 - List of Stations and Sidings.
The Interchange series contains articles about railroads that interchanged with the Pennsy, including fleet statistics and paint schemes with era-appropriateness guidance.
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