Any one have photos of PC passenger cars?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ralph, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    The Penn Central had several schemes for their passenger cars but the Tyco passenger cars I've had since I was a kid are not reflective of a prototypic example.

    I've been doing a lot of searching online for photos of PC passenger equipment and I've seen some on a PC video I own (but they are all roll-bys and not static shots). I like the all silver corrugated cars with white lettering on a black background. Unfortunately the best pictures I've found are these.

    Any one have anything better they can share?

    I'm planning to make my Tyco cars look a little more realistic. Painting the whole car silver and applying the appropriate lettering should be easy. Since the Penn Central lettering seems to be on a plaque attached to the car instead of painted on the car itself I think making lettering on my printer paper and gluing it to the side will look fairly realistic.

    I've found some information on appropriate numbers for the cars.

    Better views would be great though! :wave:

  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

  3. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thanks Ed! The third shot was the closest. That raised space above the windows apparently has a black placard with white letters spelling Penn Central on some cars and the numbers are centered on the car below the windows with a similar treatment. The black mating worms logos at either end of the car were a nice detail to see.

  4. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I took a look at the passenger pics on George's fine site Ed and this one (the George Washington observation car again!) is the closest to those I saw on the video. The coaches on the video have the same Penn Central lettering on the top but instead of a name like George Washington under the windows they have the car number.
    I'll follow suite with my old Tyco cars.
    Thanks again!
  5. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I don't know if it will help...but you can also try Railroad Picture Archives.NET. I just did a quick search on fallen flags and found several pictures of PC passenger cars. Hope it helps.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!


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    I scanned through all of the passenger equipment pics and once again confirm the wide variety of paint schemes. The link above is closest to what I'm planing for my cars. Some like this apparently had a black roof while other pictures show silver. As with many aspects related to modeling the Penn Central, it almost seems you can do no wrong since the railroad probably did it too! :)

    Ed and Herc, thank you very much for bringing both of these photo sites to my attention!! :thumb:

  7. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Very glad to help!
  8. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    After using the photos as a resource I've painted and lettered my old Tyco cars to look more like the prototype photos. Here's how they turned out:

    One of the two coaches:

    The observation car. Since I found a photo of one named George Washington I decided to choose another president, calling mine James Madison.

    Many of the small Penn Central passenger trains I've seen in photos or video were headed by an E8. I don't have one and I'm thinking such a long loco might not look great on some of my layout's curves. So, I'm running the train with an F unit on front.

    Now I need to come up with a name for the train...

    Thanks again for the help in finding photographs to reference!
  9. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    That looks great!
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great Job Ralph. Nicely Done.
  11. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    How about "The Crosstown Limited", the "3:15 to Yuma"(I KNOW I've heard of a train like this somewhere...), or maybe even the "Kings Port Express"?

    BTW, is the James Madison observation coach a forerunner of the future cab cars? I say this because in the order of the pictures you posted, it looks like the F unit is PUSHING the train past "Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery", something I don't think came about untill Conrail was split up.

    Lastly, here's a few tidbits on PC passenger equipment since you seem to be making your RDC not the only passenger service on your layout:mrgreen::
  12. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    No, the order of the pics wasn't intended to be a run by sequence. The observation car is at the end of the train. :)

    Thanks for the name suggestions. They're getting my brain pondering. Thanks for the link too!
  13. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    No problem:thumb: I think that link also has a list of all sorts of engines the PC inherited and ended up on deadlines, a possible source of a leased KP&W sharknose maybe?:rolleyes::mrgreen:

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