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.

MiltonEisenhowerAndPrezEisenhowerWhile a student at the Pennsylvania State University in the 1980s, I became aware of the Bellefonte Central Railroad, an 18 mile shortline that ran between State College and Bellefonte, Pa. At Bellefonte, the BCR interchanged with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the outside world.

51VbK2XiK3L. SX332 BO1204203200 In 2007, Mike Bezilla and Jack Rudnicki published a book entitled "Rails to Penn State: The Story of the Bellefonte Central". The book was an amazing read, and I was particularly drawn to a chapter highlighting excursion trains over the line. One, in particular, occured when United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited his brother, Milton, who was president of the university at the same time.

"Ike" made several visits to Penn State, but only once by train. The accounting of the trip furthered my interest in not only this particular outing, but in POTUS (President Of The United States) trains in general.

The president arrived in State College by train on May 9, 1953. In addition to the presidential car Ferdinand Magellan, there were six additional cars on the POTUS special: four Pullmans (McKeefryHolbeinGlenn Cliff, and Flotow), a lounge car (Afton Canyon), and PRR diner #7966. The train carried about 65 passengers.

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GE 44 Ton, Class GS4 / GS4m

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
9325-9328 4 11/47 Bachmann (9326)
9328-9349 22 9-12/48 Bachmann (9337) 
9312-9321 10 3-4/49  
9322-9324 3 4-5/49  
9350-9356 7 5/49 Bachmann (9351)
9357 1 2/50  

 

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The Pennsylvania Railroad had operated a specially designed car constructed on a flat car. It's purpose was to accurately measure the distance above and/or adjacent to the tracks of bridges, tunnels, stations and rock cuts, etc.

The demaind for increased speed to shorten travel time in both present day industry and the business world has caused the railroad to provide more clearance for movement of equipment. The trend to larger equipment such as locomotives, passenger & freight cars and larger loads in open top cars has made the gathering of clearance information an area of growing importance. The Pennsylvania has spent millions of dollars to increase clerances for handling traffic. In the 1950s alone, the Panhandle Division tunnel project between Pittsburgh, Pa., and Dennision, Oh., cost over $8 million.

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FM H10-44, Class FS10

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
5980-5986,
9184-9199
23 6-9/48 Walthers (5980, 5986)
9288-9299 12 3-4/49 Life-Like Proto 2000 (9291, 9298)
9080-9099 20 7-11/49 Walthers (9086)

 

 

 

The Alco PA1 is considered one of the most attractive passenger locomotives ever built.

Alco FA1 / FB1, Class AF15

Classified as AF15 on the Pennsy.

Road Numbers Delivery HO Scale Models
9600A-9603A
9600B-9603B (even)
7-8/48

Precision Craft Models (9600A, 9600B, 9601A, 9601B)

Life Like Proto 20001 (960A, 9603B)

9604A-9607A
9604B-9607B (even)
3-4/50 Life Like Proto 2000 (9605B)
1 Model lacks Trainphone per prototype.

 

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EMD SW / SW1, Class ES6

Road Numbers Qty Model Delivery HO Scale Models
3908 1 SW 8/37  
5910  SW1 8/42   
5944-5946 3 SW1 6/46  
5947-5951 5 SW1 6-7/46  
5952-5953 2 SW1 10/47  
5987-5999 13 SW1 3-4/48  
9137-9154 18 SW1 4-10/48 Walthers (9137)
9104,
9200-9203,
9205-9209
10 SW1 4/49  
9396-9428 33 SW1 7-11/50  

 

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FM ERIE-A / B, Class FF20 / FP20 / FP20a

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
9456A-9471A
9456B-9470B (even)
16A
8B
11/47-4/48  
9472A-9477A
9472B-9476B (even)
6A
3B
6-7/48 Life Like Proto 10001 (9472A, 9472B, 9473A, 9478A)
9478A-9479A
9478B

2A
1B

9/48 Life Like Proto 10001 (9478A)
9480A-9491A 12A 9-12/48 Life Like Proto 10001 (9487A)
1 Model lacks Trainphone per prototype.

 

FM CFA / CFB 16-4, Class FF16

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
9448A-9455A
9492A-9499A
9448B-9454B (even)
9492B-9498B (even)
16A

8B
9-11/50 Life Like Proto 1000 (9448A, 9448B, 9450A, 9452A, 9493A)

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Baldwin VO-660, Class BS6

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Model
5907 1 3/42  
5908, 5909 2 10/42  
5932-5937 6 9-10/42  
5941-5943 3 10-11/45  Bowser (5941)

 

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Lima 2500 HP Transfer Unit, Class LS25 / LS25m

Road Numbers Qty Class Delivery HO Scale Models
5671-5683 13 LS25 5-7/50  
8943-8951 9 LS25m 5-9/51  

 

Baldwin RT-624, Class BS24 / BS24m

Road Numbers Qty Class Delivery HO Scale Models
8952, 8953 2 BS24 7/51  
8954-8965 12 BS24m 8-11/51  
8724-8731 8 BS24m 9-12/52  
8113 1 BS24m 2/54  

 

Alco S-1 and S-3, Class AS6

Alco S-1 and S-3 were the same, except for the trucks.

Road Numbers Qty Model Delivery HO Scale Models
5954-5956 3 S-1 5-6/47 Life Like Proto 2000 (5955)
9100-9103 4 S-1 2-3/49 Life Like Proto 2000 (9100)
9237-9246 10 S-1 3-5/49 Life Like Proto 2000 (9238)
5661-5670 10 S-1 5-6/50  
8873-8885 13 S-3 11/50-3/51  

 

When planning to model the Pennsy during the post World War II era, there are certain parameters which you may or may not wish to consider when selecting a year (or years) to depict. Among them may be paint schemes, specific models of diesel locomotives, specific models of freight cars, etc.

The graph below illustrates when certain features of the Pennsy came into play, or faded into history.