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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From a Westerfield kit...

HISTORY

The X23 camp cars were created in the early 1940's. Holes were cut in each side for four standard camp car windows. This required the removal of the horizontal ribs where the windows would be placed. Unlike the X23B revision which unbolted these ribs, the camp car conversion merely cut them off, leaving a visible flange. Full grab irons were bolted to the door and a large bar-stock step placed underneath it. The end braces were cut for the placement of a standard camp car door. Grabs were bolted to the jams and the end grabs revised. A standard platform that could be hinged up when not in use was bolted to the end sill.

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.

FRANK THOMSON

Frank Thomson

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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Based on the Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Equipment Register dated 9/26/54.

A link in the Class column performs a search on the Varnish database and returns the individual car roster. However, the database performs a "contains" search, so a search on class "P70f" will also return "P70fa" records, etc., but not vice versa.

Note that during 1954, the Pennsy dropped the "R" suffix from the class designation which previously indicated air conditioning.

 PRR X38 Box Car 73863 E18850 BLT 2 42 a x

In HO scale, the X38 box car is available as a resin kit from Funaro & Camerlengo. In addition to the decals in the kits, Mount Vernon Shops offers decals for the series. .

Additional References:

Fischer, Ian, "PRR Class X37 and X38 Box Cars", The Keystone, published by the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society, volume 14 number 4, Winter 1981.

 Alco RS3ph1a
Photo courtesy of Greg Martin collection.

The announcement by Bowser of forthcoming state-of-the-art RS-3's with road-specific features inspired this spotting guide for the various Alco RS units owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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

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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.

 

 

Part NumberDescription/PhotoComment
Rapido HO Scale #124051-124053

Pullman-Standard Lightweight Dining Car
Diner rendering PRR

Bogus

In fact, the road numbers being offered were all D78x heavyweight diners on the Pennsy!
Rapido
HO Scale #100056-10060
100230-100234
Lightweight Coach, Plan 3979/3979A
RAPIDO 100230
Bogus

Rapido
HO Scale #101056-10160
101111-101115
4-8-4 Duplex Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4124
RAPIDO 101111
Bogus

The Pennsy never owned any plan 4124 sleepers!
Rapido
HO Scale #103145-103047
Cafe-Bar-Lounge Bogus

Car represents a generic rebuild. Road numbers used equate to PRR "Recreation Cars".
Rapido
HO Scale #104068-104072
10-5 Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4186 Bogus

The Pennsy's 10-5's were plan 4130's.
Rapido
HO Scale #104101-104103
10-5 Sleeper, Pullman Plan 4186
Missouri Pacific "Eagle" Livery
RAPIDO EAGLE
Bogus

The Pennsy's 10-5's were plan 4130's.
(An excellent stand-in, though!)
Rapido
HO Scale #106067-106071
73' 6" Smooth Side Baggage-Express Car  
Rapido
HO Scale #107147-107150
Steam Generator Car

Bogus
Rapido
HO Scale #115033-115038
Budd Coach - Congression Scheme
PRR Congo
Bogus

Canadian prototype.
Rapido
HO Scale #115039-115044
Budd Coach - Fleet of Modernism Scheme
PRR FOM
Bogus

Canadian prototype.

 X26 518824

The X26 series were 40' World War I composite box cars based on an AAR design.

Due to a variety of door and ladder combinations within subclasses, photographs should be referenced for accurate road numbers. Photos of models cannot be trusted for legitimate road numbers, but photos of completed models are included for illustration purposes.

Modeling Maintenance of Way (MoW)

Bruce Smith

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)

 ES6 8566

This table cross references Pennsy diesel classes with manufacturer model numbers and indicates available HO scale models and first year of use on the PRR system. Table is organized by class prefix and number. Click on class number to view the class roster in a new window. From the roster you can access specific unit information and photos.

Prime mover data is included to assist in selection of sound decoders. 

Models in bold are in my personal collection. 

Corrections and additions to this page are welcome. 

Paragon2ReadingT120130912 0002.1The Pennsy was known to operate on its rails locomotives which it did not own. These inclued railroad test units, builder test units, demonstrators, and leased units.

Railroad Test Units

July and August, 1924: The PRR borrowed a 37-ton GE gas-electic at the piers in New York City.

1937: The PRR borrowed an EMC 600 hp switcher for potential use at the General Motors plant in Linden, New Jersey. The Pennsy purchased the unit afterwards -- Class ES6 #5911.

1947: The Pennsy tested an F-M H20-44 as a potential helper west of Altoona. They eventually went with EMD F3's for this purpose, in an A-B-A configuration.