Discussion in 'Trainspotter ID' started by Triplex, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    The P5, P5a, P5am and P5b were Pennsylvania Railroad electrics, built between 1931 and 1935 in collaboration with GE and Baldwin-Westinghouse.

    The P5 was the prototype; two were made. It had a 2-C-2 wheel arrangement.


    The P5a was the most numerous version. Note the large, boxy structure above one of the trucks.






    The P5am cannot be mistaken for any of the others. It still has a 2-C-2 wheel arrangement, but it has the body styling of a GG1.




    The P5b was a modification of a P5a, with a B-C-B wheel arrangement. Note the extra grilles below the usual ones.



    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr209.htm P5am leads a P5a

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr212.htm P5am leads a P5a

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr168.htm P5am leads a P5a

    http://www.prrths.com/Phila_Images/P5A@Sharon%20Hill-1944.JPG P5am leads a P5a

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr156.htm P5am leads two P5as

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr176.htm P5am leads two P5as

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr177.htm P5am leads two P5as

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr213.htm P5am leads three P5as

    http://www.davesrailpix.com/prr/htm/bvpr215.htm P5am leads a P5a, with a GG1 on the farther track

    It can be observed that P5ams tended to lead P5as, rather than the other way round. This was because of the poor collision safety of the boxcabs.
  2. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    I bet the P5b had some tugging power with all those drive wheels. Makes me wonder what it actually produced.

    More info: http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/~smithbf/BFSpages/PRR/P5.html

    It's unique!
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

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