Pennsylvania Train Consists

PRR Consist Sample

How to read these consists

Above is an example of WPB4’s consist and what each column means (at least the ones I know.)  The Pennsylvania was unusual to include where the car was received from interchange and from who on their consists; most consists that I’ve seen only include where the car is going.  This is very helpful figuring out where the car might’ve originated.

Not all of the consists fit the above example, but they are similar.

The Consists

PRR CE4 5-5-1962 – this train ran from Cleveland to Edge Moor Yard in Delaware.  According to the 1960 Freight Schedule, this train should have blocks for the Chrysler plant in Newark, DE and an Edge Moor block, and this train appears to be blocked that way.  There is also a large block of auto parts for the GM plant in Wilmington.

PRR PE3 5-4-1962 – this train originates at Potomac Yard with traffic from southern connections and is bound for Enola.  There is some perishable traffic on this train along considerable kaolin clay for northern paper mills.  Many of the cars are bound for interchange with the Delaware & Hudson at Buttonwood Yard in Wilkes-Barre.

PRR PE3 6-18-1965 – like the train above, this train runs from Potomac Yard to Enola.  This train has a large block of phosphate rock ACL covered hoppers (e.g. ACL 89733) bound for the Electric Reduction Company of Canada phosphate plant in Port Maitland, Ontario on the Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo.  This plant was significant for being a catalyst of the environmental movement in Canada.  A later picture of this facility can be found here and a discussion of the uses of the TH&B covered hoppers in the picture here.

PRR BC10 9-16-1966 – This is a Conway to Altoona symbol routed via the Conemaugh Divsion with blocks for Kiski Jct. (Kiskiminetas Jct.) and Conemaugh Yard.

PRR BC10A 9-17-1966 – this looks it originated from Conway with a train of empty hoppers for Blairsville.  It then picked up a few cars from the B&O interchange at Millvale and proceeded to Blairsville where it traded its empty hoppers with loads of mostly coal.

PRR AST4 9-17-1966 – a Penn Central schedule map from 1968 shows this train originating at Enola and running to Harsimus Cove, with AST-2 scheduled from Logansport to Enola.  So I am not sure of the origin of this symbol in 1966.  This was a short train of priority traffic for multiple East Coast destinations.  Of interest are two reefers of California oranges received from the Santa Fe at Chicago to be reiced at Huntingdon (seen here from Jerry Britton’s PRR Middle Division in HO Scale site.)

PRR PG34 9-16-1966 – this train runs from Pitcairn to Cresson and works Conemaugh Yard.  This consist is after the train has departed Conemaugh, as it shows cars received from the B&O at Johnstown.  Only a few cars are bound for Cresson proper, including three cars for the car shop at Colver on the Cambria & Indiana.  For more information on the C&I, check out this Appalachian Railroad Modeling page.

PRR Coal Barnesboro to Renovo 9-16-1966 – this coal train appears to have come from Barnesboro heading to Renovo with coal for Pepco’s Herbert Wagner power plant and Baltimore Gas and Electric (possibly their Gould Street plant?).  Although the train apparently originated at Barnesboro, many of the cars were received from the Monongahela Railway at Brownsville Jct., and a few from other railroads such as the Norfolk & Western at Hagerstown and Columbus.

PRR CI Pennsylvania Power and Light Unit Coal 9-16-1966 – This is a unit train of Pennsylvania Power & Light hoppers received from the Cambria & Indiana at Rexis bound for the Brunner Island Steam Electric Station in York Haven.  According to A Short History of the Cambria & Indiana, this train may have originated at Stiles.

PRR JDA2 9-17-1966 – a coal train with cars for multiple destinations received from multiple mines.  I don’t know how PRR symbols coal trains; if anyone has that info, please let me know.

PRR WPB4 9-16-1966 – I don’t have access to a PRR freight schedule from 1966 so I’m not sure of this train’s origin.  In 1960, this train originated at Wheeling; in 1968, at Conway.  Baltimore was the destination in both cases.  The train of this date has blocks for Baltimore Bay View and Mount Vernon classifications, Washington DC, and Potomac Yard.  This train had many cars of General Electric appliances from the L&N at Cincinnati which probably originated at GE’s Appliance Park near Louisville.

PRR WPB4 9-17-1966 – It’s always nice to multiple days of consists.  The next day of WPB4 again has a large block of wheat for Baltimore, but does not have the appliances that the previous day did.

PRR CG2 9-17-1966 – this is a perishable and priority train probably originating at 59th Street Yard in Chicago bound for Greenville Yard in New Jersey with many ice cooled reefers in the consist.  Some of the cars were picked up at Dolton received in interchange from the IC, C&EI, and IHB.

PRR SW6 9-17-1966 – this is a train from East St. Louis bound for Enola.  Much of this train is traffic received from the Cotton Belt, Frisco, and MP at St. Louis.  Of interest to me is the adipic acid in DUPX covered hoppers and hexamethylene diamine in tanks.  These are nylon intermediate chemicals that probably originated at DuPont’s plant in Orange, TX (based on the SSW routing) bound for their nylon plant in Seaford, DE.

PRR TT4 9-17-1966 – this hot train carries trailers, livestock, and some auto parts from East St. Louis to Meadows Yard in South Kearny, NJ.

PRR SWC1 2-21-1967 – this is a train of almost entirely empty reefers.  At this time period it probably operated from Harsimus Cove to Conway Yard.