PRR Class F38 - Heavy duty flat cars


General information:


Click here to view an article in the Pennsy, September 1954 about the debut of these cars.


Types of trucks used

ClassCarNumbersTruck ClassTruck NameQty cars:
F38  3F-F4  
Truck data is from PRR documents circa 1940's. Other truck classes may also have been used.


Cars on the PRR roster (as listed in the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)):

ClassCarNumberAAR ClassPRR Oct 44PRR Oct 48PRR Apr 52PRR Oct 53PRR Oct 58PRR Oct 63PRR Apr 68
F38470246470247FM----222
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr


Modeling Information:

Eastern Car Works
F38HO4700F38 Heavy Duty Flat Car- Pennsylvania Railroadplastic kit-less trucks/couplersHaven't heard great things…
Rail Classics
F38HOR-145F38 Heavy Duty Flat Car FP #470247Brass - Rtralso available with load
F38HOR-146F38 Heavy Duty Flat Car FP #470246Brass - Rtralso available with load
F38HOR-147F38 Heavy Duty Flat Car UPBrass - Rtralso available with load


Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
PRR 42027?F38Closeup of worker painting Load Limit-1954PRR photo (B&W) from The Pennsy, Sept 1954
PRR 42027?F383/4 view with load-1954PRR photo (B&W) from The Pennsy, Sept 1954
PRR 47024?F383F-F4 truck closeup (E20495)unknown-PRR photo (B&W), from Rail Classics's site)
PRR 470246F38builders photo (E20502)unknown-PRR photo (B&W), from Rail Classics's site)
PRR 470246F38builders photos, 3/4 view (E20503)unknown-PRR photo (B&W), from Rail Classics's site)
PRR 470246-7F38with load, small photounknown-PRR photo (B&W), from Rail Classics's site)


Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
F38Keystone Vol 35, #114PRR 47024?--4/9/1954span bolster on shop floor
F38Keystone Vol 35, #115PRR 470246--5/19543/4 view
F38Keystone Vol 35, #115PRR 470246--5/1954end view
F38Keystone Vol 35, #116PRR 470246--1954with first load


Equipment Diagrams online:

Class(es)tracing #View
F38E-454452-Aelevation


Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
F38Arrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 1103Plain Key - F38 shown
F38Class DiagramPRR Pass. & Frt. Car Diagrams96
F38General arrangement drawingKeystone Vol. 35, No. 116From Car Builders Cyclopedia, 20th Edition, 1957, p148


References:

  • KEY 1/02 - The Test Plant, Rail Classics HO Scale F38 Heavy-Duty Flat Car (Teichmoeller, John)
      Model Review


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