• EF15a F7 #9772 eastbound at 17th Street near ALTO tower, Altoona, Pa. Courtesy of http://www.billspennsyphotos.com.
  • K4s #3768 on Rockville Bridge, near Harrisburg, Pa. Courtesy of http://www.billspennsyphotos.com.
  • Aero Train at SLOPE tower, Altoona, Pa., circa 1956. Courtesy of http://www.billspennsyphotos.com.
  • M1 #6704 coming off the Rockville Bridge near Marysville, Pa., on November 10 1956. Courtesy of http://www.billspennsyphotos.com.
  • Alco FA class AF16 #9626 headed east towards Enola at Perdix, Pa. Courtesy of http://www.billspennsyphotos.com.

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Walthers has announced a new run of their popular PRR N6B cabin car. 

In 1913, Ohio, and subsequently several other states, passed laws mandating larger and safer cabooses with steel underframes, leading to the introduction of the N6B (and nearly identical N6A) class cabin cars on the Pennsylvania. Due to overhead clearance restrictions in eastern tunnels, class N6B was fitted with a narrow cupola with tapered sides and a more pronounced roof arch than the N6A. While some N6Bs would be built new, the pressing need for cars lead the Pennsy to begin a major rebuilding program, utilizing bodies from older four-wheel cars.

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Mount Vernon Shops has released PRR MoW Black Lettering Decals Early Schemes (1930-1960) decals in HO scale.

This set was produced to introduce a more comprehensive set for these classes, which hadn't been done by previous manufacturers.

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Mount Vernon Shops has released a decal set for PRR GPa MoW ballast hoppers.

This set was produced to introduce a more comprehensive set for these classes, which hadn't been done by previous manufacturers.

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The Chicago Terminal Chapter of the PRRT&HS will hold its next meeting on Saturday, April 12 between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago Illinois

The presentation will focus on PRR operations through Wanatah, Indiana in 1944.  The town may be a sleepy village today, but back then the nation’s railroads were going all out to meet the demands of World War II, and PRR’s Ft. Wayne Division was no exception.  Based in part on train sheets from ON tower in Wanatah for March 1944, Chicago Terminal Chapter member George Pierson will give an in-depth look (with numerous photos) into what train operations were like through Wanatah, a brief history of Wanatah and the PRR, and an analysis of engine use, train dispatching, and special train movements on the Ft. Wayne Division.  During this one-month period, the PRR ran 197 different engines of 11 different classes (including one diesel, the S1, and one of the T1’s!) by ON tower.  This included over 50 symbol freights and 39 different first class trains, plus a number of special moves like troop trains.

While desirable, membership in the PRRT&HS is not required for attendance at our local meetings.  Moreover, while donations are always welcome, there is no admission charge, nor any “arm-twisting” for a donation.  Typical attendees consist of a mixture of ex-railroaders, model railroaders, and those interested in the operation and history of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Anyone interested in learning about the Pennsylvania Railroad is invited to attend. 

Marvin Cadwell

President, Chicago Terminal Chapter,



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From the Midwest to Florida by Rail, 1875-1979


by Chuck Blardone with Myron Bilas

The first of two volumes of the definitive history of through passenger service from all Midwest cities to Florida. All railroads, trains, and years.

Vol. 1 covers C&EI-IC-PRR-L&N-NC&StL-Monon-M&O-CofGa-ACL-SAL-FEC to all Resort Cities in Fla.

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