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Please join me in welcoming Sheila Suitts as a new blogger on Keystone Crossings and its feeds to FaceBook and Twitter. Sheila will be primarily covering N scale product announcements.

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Growing up in a family of model railroaders, Sheila was introduced to the hobby at an early age. She was given her first engines at 11, a Lifelike Conrail GP38-2 and a Minitrix Pennsylvania F9. Her collection grew and was refined to accurately depict equipment from the Pennsylvania Railroad in the mid 1950's, 1960's, late 1960's-1970 Penn Central, and 1970's Conrail. In her mid 20's she teamed with local Pennsylvania modeler and friend Daun Yeagley in building a small layout modeling Yellow Creek, Ohio and surrounding areas. She works as a corporate pilot flying small business jets. When she is off duty and not working on railroading she can typically be found hiking, building model aircraft, working on her Scirocco, railfanning, or visiting local rail/air museums on layovers.

Sheila's first two posts have been published. Welcome aboard!

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Built in April 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad's single class FD2 flatcar was the largest freight car in the world. Although it never bore the name officially, it was known universally as the 'Queen Mary'.

Use of such a giant freightcar was to haul heavy power generating equipment; specifically fully assembled turbo-generators from the General Electric/Westinghouse. The FD2 transported these generators from manufacturing facilities to power plants across the US and Canada. Most manufacturers of such heavy equipment in the United States at that time resided on Pennsy tracks in Pittsburgh, PA. and the railroad intended to capture such lucrative traffic.

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These 75' cars were built for the PRR and Burlington Route as early ToFC cars.  The cars were built in 1955 and in that same year used in Pennsy's TrucTrain service, and other piggyback services in the Trailer Train consortium.  Later, some of these cars had their ToFC equipment removed and the cars were used for CoFC service and general flatcar use.

 A number of these cars were in service into the yellow paint scheme era  of TTX in 1969; with 100 cars still running in 1990. One F39 is preserved at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke VA.

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As reported on

By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
POSTED: July 29, 2014
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is on its way to getting a new name.

The city's rail hub would be renamed "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station" under a bill that passed the House on Monday in a voice vote. The plan would honor the late congressman, who long represented Philadelphia, secured millions of dollars in the 1980s to help renovate the station, and broke barriers as an African American.

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Three new articles have been posted to Keystone Crossings...

  • XL Camp Car Variants
  • X23 Camp Car Variants
  • NX23 Cabin/Rider Cars

You can find these new articles on the Non-Revenue page. Enjoy!

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