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.

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Tangent Scale Models G31B

The G31 series were the first post-war gondolas, introduced in November 1948. The class featured a 52'-6" interior length and a fishbelly design. These cars lasted well past the Penn Central merger. Sub-classes ran from A through N and included multiple builders and spotting features.

Alco Pass Shark


Freight Locomotives


Baldwin DR 4-4-1500 "Early Shark", Class BF15 / BF15a

The Baldwin DR-4-4-15 was a 1,500-horsepower cab unit-type diesel locomotive built for freight service by the Baldwin Locomotive Works between November 1947 and June 1950. It was produced in two different body types, nicknamed the "Babyface" and "Sharknose" styles by railfans, though Baldwin used the same model number for both. 22 "Babyface" cab-equipped A units were built, along with 11 cabless booster B units; 36 "Sharknose" A units and 36 B units were constructed, making a total for all models of 105 locomotives built.

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Heritage: Elmira & Williamsport Railroad, Northern Central Railway

CT 1000, 1945: Eastern Region, Central Pennsylvania Division, Williamsport Division, Elmira Branch

Susquehanna Division ETT, 1954: Eastern Region, Susquehanna Division, Elmira Branch

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Another collection of notes unrelated to the Pennsy... but hey, it's my web site!

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak (reporting marks AMTK, AMTZ), is a passenger railroad service that provides medium and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States and to nine Canadian cities.

Founded in 1971 as a quasi-public corporation to operate many U.S. passenger rail services, it receives a combination of state and federal subsidies but is managed as a for-profit organization. Amtrak's headquarters is located one block west of Union Station in Washington, D.C.

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Heritage: Elmira & Lake Ontario Railroad, Northern Central Railway

CT 1000, 1945: Eastern Region, Central Pennsylvania Division, Williamsport Division, Elmira Branch

Susquehanna Division ETT, 1954: Eastern Region, Susquehanna Division, Elmira Branch

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739f8a8fc50c9dfb40d7817f2bd386b0 swift galleriesThe Swift fleet (S.R.L.X.) was part of the General American Transportation Corp. (wood car division) fleet.

Although I have not researched their paint schemes for absolute accuracy, someone posted the following information to the Atlas HO Scale Forum in July 2005:

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Heritage: Elmira & Lake Ontario Railroad, Northern Central Railway

CT 1000, 1945: Eastern Region, Central Pennsylvania Division, Williamsport Division, Elmira Branch

Susquehanna Division ETT, 1954: Eastern Region, Susquehanna Division, Elmira Branch

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Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad (H&BTM) (reporting mark HBTM) is a former short line railroad company operating passenger and freight service on standard gauge track in south central Pennsylvania.

Operational headquarters were in Huntingdon, and Saxton, with financial and business offices located in Philadelphia. The primary shop facilities were located in Saxton; auxiliary car shop facilities were at Huntington. Turntables were located at Huntingdon, Saxton, and Mount Dallas, Pennsylvania.

NCRR Railroad Station Depot RALSTON PA Vintage Lycoming

Heritage: Elmira & Williamsport Railroad, Northern Central Railway

CT 1000, 1945: Eastern Region, Central Pennsylvania Division, Williamsport Division, Elmira Branch

Susquehanna Division ETT, 1954: Eastern Region, Susquehanna Division, Elmira Branch

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The Bellefonte Central Railroad (reporting mark BFC) was a shortline connecting Bellefonte and State College, Pennsylvania. Constructed in the late 19th century to haul local iron ore to furnaces in the Bellefonte region, it later hauled freight traffic to Penn State and lime for steelmaking from local quarries. The line to State College was abandoned in 1974, and most of the remaining railroad in 1984, but a small portion is still used by the Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad.

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Heritage: Elmira & Lake Ontario Railroad, Northern Central Railway

CT 1000, 1945: Eastern Region, Central Pennsylvania Division, Williamsport Division, Elmira Branch

Susquehanna Division ETT, 1954: Eastern Region, Susquehanna Division, Sodus Bay Secondary