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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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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The following tables illustrate the various spotting features of EMD GP7 and GP9 units purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The basis for these tables are from a Jim Williams presentation at the May 2000 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society.

Road numbers in bold are in my personal collection (or are on order).

EMD GP-7 vs. GP-9

  GP-7 GP-9
Build Dates October 1949
- May 1954
January 1954
- December 1959
Horsepower 1500 1750
Louvers at Rear of Car Body 2 Full Rows 1 Single Louver
Louvers on Battery Box 3 Single Louvers 1 Louver

 

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The All-Time Maintenance of Way Equipment Roster, formerly available via Keystone Crossings, is now available on this site.

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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!

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The 1954 Passenger Roster, formerly available via Keystone Crossings, is now available on this site.

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By Ed Spodobalski

[This article is presented in its entirety as it appeared in the December 1978 issue of Rails Northeast. No attempt is being made to present it here as original work. We have no means of contacting the original author, though the original publisher has indicated no offense in republication. We hope that the author would approve of its republication here and we are prepared to remove it if requested to do so. Also note that the content of the article is one of reporting simple facts as determined from actual PRR publications and it does not contain conjecture or personal opinion on the part of the author. Therefore, any researcher could arrive at the same data fairly readily.]

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The All-Time Steam Locomotive Roster, formerly available via Keystone Crossings, is now available on this site.

1948 PHOTO PENNSYLVANIA RR GG 1 LOCOMOTIVE 4857

The All-Time Electric Motor Roster, formerly available via Keystone Crossings, is now available on this site.

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The 1957 Cabin Car Roster, formerly available via Keystone Crossings, is now available on this site.

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The All-Time Diesel Locomotive Roster, formerly available via Keystone Crossings, is now available on this site.

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

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

BL 2504

Correct