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Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« on: August 09, 2020, 09:18:35 PM »
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I came across this fabulous photo, taken by Chard Walker, of a westbound Grand Canyon Limited coming out of the Upper Narrows just outside of Victorville, headed for Cajon Pass Summit. Pennsy head end cars were quite at home on Santa Fe’s secondary trains, but I’ve never seen what looks like four three-door Pennsy baggage cars (?) heading to LA. Would any of you resident SPF’s care to enlighten me about these cars? What are they, if indeed they are Pennsy....the resolution is unfortunately not great.
Santa Fe’s 3776 class Northern looks magnificent in this photo, too, her 80” drivers doing the 1.6% east slope unassisted. Wow..
Thanks for any info on the cars...I’d like to get some for my layout, if available. [ Guests cannot view attachments ]
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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2020, 10:14:04 PM »
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PRR Horse Cars? (B74)

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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2020, 10:38:41 PM »
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Thanks for any info on the cars...I’d like to get some for my layout, if available.


Here's one: https://enginehouseservices.com/model-railroad/70-ft-heavyweight-horse-car-pennsylvania-prr-5801/
Another pair: http://www.desplaineshobbies.com/store/product/67239/N-70%27-Horse-Car-PRR-%235801/

It's possible that the first 3-door car could be New York Central.



Micro-Trains 149-00-130, which they still have in stock, seems rather easier to find at dealers than the sold out PRR car.
https://www.micro-trains.com/new-york-central-rd-8661-rel-04-17-14900130
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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2020, 10:55:05 PM »
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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2020, 10:59:48 PM »
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This thread is about building a PRR B74b by starting with the MTL car: https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=38917.0

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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2020, 11:15:28 PM »
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The ATSF head end car book has a photo on p 117 of a Grand Canyon circa 1954 with several ATSF horse cars headed for Santa Anita.  I wonder if perhaps race horses traveled in a second section of the Grand Canyon.  That would run on a faster schedule than the Fast Mail or #3 and #4. 

Keystone details makes a replacement B74 roof to fit the MTL cars if you want a more Pennsy look.  The MTL cars are also a close substitute for L&N horse cars (although L&N diagrams do not show end doors), and several other roads also had similar 3 door cars.


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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2020, 01:30:53 AM »
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Yes, likely PRR B74b horse express cars.


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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2020, 06:34:42 AM »
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Agree, PRR B74b transferring east coast horses to a west coast horse race.

Micro-trains horse car to PRR B74b conversion:



The only other three door Baggage car (excluding the B70a which had two openings using three doors and end doors) was the B70b which had an unusual small side door on one end from being converted from a Baggage-mail (BM70ka) to a baggage only car:



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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2020, 08:23:44 PM »
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Thanks guys, I can always rely on my Railwire friends for good info....
I do remember the earlier Pennsy horse car thread, I participated in it, but the pics are long gone now...At the time I didn’t think I needed one (or three). Got to look into that again.
Interesting to see these cars traveling in groups, as did the Santa Fe ones in the March ‘54 photo Tom D. mentioned. Obviously racing season coming up...  and my modeling season is set in March/April :D
Thanks again,
Otto

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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2020, 08:24:59 PM »
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Agree, PRR B74b transferring east coast horses to a west coast horse race.

Micro-trains horse car to PRR B74b conversion:



The only other three door Baggage car (excluding the B70a which had two openings using three doors and end doors) was the B70b which had an unusual small side door on one end from being converted from a Baggage-mail (BM70ka) to a baggage only car:



John, that’s very nice...
Otto

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Re: Pennsy(?) goodness on Santa Fe rails...
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2020, 08:32:25 PM »
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John, that’s very nice...
Otto

Thank you Otto! Looks like you need a few...lol.