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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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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.

 

 

 

 AMB 141 2 09543.1504129027

Station Location HO Scale Model  
Centre Hall, Pa. Branchline centre hall
New Freedom, Pa. American Model Builders #AMB-141  newfreedom
North Philadelphia, Pa. DESIGNDYNE on Shapeways  
Perryville, Md. DESIGNDYNE on Shapeways perryville
Spring City, Pa. Scientific Models #60482 spring city
Wilmington, De. Trainstuff (defunct)
DESIGNDYNE on Shapeways
 

299x132 2D F8

 

Interpretation of Truck Classification
SymbolRefers to
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
A.A.R. ClassABCDEF
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

 

 

Gern

What commodities and types of rail cars frequent industries on the model railroad?

Herein is my work-in-progress / never ending scratch pad of thoughts!

Part NumberDescription/PhotoComment
Branchline
HO Scale #5020-5022
Pullman 8-1-2 Sleeper, Plan 3979/3979A - Post War (kit)BL 5020 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #5207-09
Pullman 10-1-2 Sleeper, Plan 3585/3585A - Post War (kit)BL 5207 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #5304-06
Pullman 12-1 Sleeper, Plan 3410/3410A - Post War (kit)BL 5305 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #5355-57
Pullman 12-1 Sleeper, Plan 3410/3410A - "Fleet of Modernism" (kit)BL 5355 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #5431-33
Pullman 14 Section Sleeper, Plan 3958/3958A - Post War (kit)BL 5431 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #5530
Pullman 10-1-1 Sleeper, Plan 3973/3973A - Post War (kit) Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #5611-13
Pullman 6-3 Sleeper, Plan 3523/3523A - Post War (kit)BL 5611 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #15313-16
Pullman 12-1 Sleeper, Plan 3410/3410A - 1947 Scheme Tuscan Red with Gold Stripes, "Pullman" BL 15314 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #15313-16
Pullman 12-1 Sleeper, Plan 3410/3410A - 1948-53 Scheme Tuscan Red with Gold Stripes, "Pennsylvania" Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #15321-24
Pullman 12-1 Sleeper, Plan 3410/3410A - 1943-68 Scheme Tuscan Red with Buff Stripes, "Pennsylvania"BL 15321 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #15325-28
Pullman 12-1 Sleeper, Plan 3410/3410A - 1941-47 Loewy "Fleet of Modernism" Scheme Tow-Tone Red with Gold Stripes, Block "Pullman" LetteringBL 15325 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #2501
Express Reefer - Railway Express Agency [1949-1952 Scheme]BL 2501 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #2502
Express Reefer - Railway Express Agency - 1950 Era Herald [1952]BL 2502 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #2503
Express Reefer - Railway Express Agency - 1960 Era HeraldBL 2503 Correct
Branchline
HO Scale #2504

Express Reefer - Railway Express Agency - 1947 "As Delivered" Scheme (Silver with Yellow Lettering)

BL 2504

Correct

mbsImage1NMRA-MER MEETING 31 MARCH 2001 - FRAZER, PA

MANUAL BLOCK SIGNAL SYSTEMS

THE INFORMATION HEREIN IS EXCERPTED FROM CHAPTER 7- MANAGEMENT OF TRAIN OPERATIONS - FROM "THE PRR IN THE SHENANGO VALLEY"

COPYRIGHT 2001 BY ALAN B. BUCHAN

MANUAL BLOCK SIGNAL TERRITORY

A Manual Block Signal system, the earliest form of block signaling, is nothing more than a series of sections of track, typically between stations (known as blocks) governed by fixed signals located at the entrance to the block (known as block signals), operated manually by the block operator, based on information received from the dispatcher by telegraph, telephone or radio.

Kessler 12 5 Maple Brook

Dennis Sautters, a PRRT&HS member from Ohio, operates a business called Laser Horizons. He offers laser cut passenger sides for many PRR passenger cars. As of May 19, 2011, the following were currently offered:

Andy Miller (PRR_Talk list) shares his thoughts on the HO scale Pullman Sleeper offered by Bachmann Spectrum:


I finally got a Bachmann Pullman today. Why does B do these things?? Its terribly frustrating to see them do such a fine job of mold making, include interiors, metal truck, lights, Kadee-compatible couplers; and then just ignore the prototype!

I did some research. This very rare car did exist. For those interested here's what I dug up in the Wayner reprint of the Pullman Co's 1950 list of cars:

Bob Johnson's comments, as coordinator of the archives of the PRRT&HS:

1 - As built in 1-1929 to 4-1929 the cars had no side ladders and had the end ladders on the right side of the ends as you stand facing the end of the car. The side sill steps at the ends were a two-step style.

2 - About 1932 some, but not all, R50B cars began to receive freight car safety appliances. This added side ladders, changed the side sill steps to a single-step type, moved the end ladders to the left side, moved the brake wheel, added a brake platform, added a platform above the end ladders, and modified many handholds.

3 - On 4-3-1940 a second handhold was added on the left end of the sides of R50B cars with freight car safety appliances, but not to cars that kept the original configuration.

4 - On 12-18-1942 the end details described in #2 above were made standard for all R50B cars. This made a new variation with full freight car safety appliances on the ends, but no side ladders. I haven't seen any photos of this variation.

5 - Beginning in 1952 the running boards and side ladders were removed.

N8 cabin car 478119 side view2

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.

Besides brass, the N8 is available as a kit or ready-to-run from Bowser. Decals have been available from Mount Vernon Shops.

Subcategories

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.