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 All-Time Steam Locomotive 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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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:

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

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:

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.

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.

f30d w trailer

The F30 were 50' flat cars and the predominant flat car class on the Pennsy roster during the 1950s.

The following is a chronology of movements over a 24 hour period at the passenger station at Harrisburg, Pa. For my personal modeling purposes, I needed such a chronology of events. The date (September 26, 1954) was chosen as many of my reference materials have publish dates of 9/26/54.

The consists were derived from the public timetables. Where known, I substituted the Pennsy class designation in the consist listing.

There are many time differences between documents published on the same date. Where conflict occured, I opted for the data contained within the Employee Timetable.

To make this chronology more manageable, I split it into four pages: this Overview, and three "Tricks". A "trick" is synonymous with a work shift. Though the actual breakdown of tricks varied depending upon job title and locale, most ran 7 a.m.-3 p.m., first trick; 3 p.m.-11 p.m., second trick; and 11 p.m.-7 a.m., third trick.

Your feedback and corrections are appreciated. Enjoy!