Work Equipment Photos
PC 38494 class X29 work boxcar at an unknown location in 1969. The image file is huge, but was scanned at 300 dpi to make the dimensional data readable for modelers. Photo by by Joe Quinn, contributed by Gary Stuebben.
Gons and flats
PC 31569 is a "wheel cradle" car, used to transport wheel sets between car shops. Defective wheels removed from cars would be sent out to be "turned", or scraped. The "turned" wheels would then be sent back to be reused at the repair shops. Some of these cars are also used to accompany wreck crews/trains to a derailment with sets of "derailment" trucks and "spare" wheel sets to be used at the wreck site. The car is seen at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. Photo by Jeff Feldmeier.
This is a former PC crane tender, last owned by Metro-North. It still wears PC green paint and it's PC number 30052, is still visible. The car was photograhed somewhere is Massachusetts along the Conrail Boston Line in August 1992. Photo by Evan Ferrari.
PC flat 31614 with crane unit at Conway, PA, on February 13, 1983. (One of these PC "UNIT" cranes was found in a field near Salem, Ohio--see the October 1999 Railpace magazine for a photo.) Photographer unknown, from the collection of David Williams. Contributed by Paul Hintz.
This flatcar is used in MOW service, possibly to carry wheelsets or other equipment. It has a class of "FM1 " stenciled on it, along with the notation "THIS CAR IS EQUIPPED TO RUN IN PASSENGER SERVICE." Reportedly, PC had some flatcars that carried wheelsets that ran on the rear of passenger trains. Taken at ROSE interlocking in Altoona, PA. What is more interesting is the date of this picture: September 13, 2004! Photo by Gene Fusco.
Former PRR H30 class covered hopper 32307 was used by Penn Central in company service to deliver sand to locomotive servicing facilities around the system. It was photographed in 1974 in Buffalo, New York. The large "S" on the side stood for the Stores Department, a carryover from PRR days. Photographer unknown, from the Sean Lamb collection.
Another class H34D covered hopper, this time at Conrail's North Yard in Hamtramck, Michigan (northeast Detroit). This car was also being used for diesel sand storage and is no longer moved--notice the pipes attached to the car and the missing couplers. Photo by Jerry Sundin.
Class H34A hopper 32867 still wears its green paint, but its lettering is rather worn and it has been vandalized with graffiti. Seen at Norfolk Southern's Dillerville Yard in Lancaster, PA, on October 14, 2000, during the first annual PCRRHS convention. This car has since been donated to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Photo by Jerry W. Jordak.
At Sterling Yard in Sterling Heights, Michigan, parked on a detached piece of track is PC class H34 sand hopper 74204. This car is also used in sand service, and still is in good shape for being photographed in February 1998. Photo by Pete Bloom.
PC 80019 is a former NYC covered hopper, seen in Buffalo, New York, in 1974. Painted in MOW yellow, it was used as a scale test car. It was originally either a lot 963-H or lot 996-H Flexi-Flo car. Photographer unknown, from the Sean Lamb collection.
The following three cars were photographed by Dick Ross in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the stenciling on the cars, they were part of a track sweeper train.