PRR Class F39 - 75' TrucTrain flat cars

General information:

Designed for 35' trailers

Note, all cars were sold to Trailer Train in early 1956."Pennsylvania" was painted over and TTX markings added.

Some modeling notes from Elden Gatwood....
The Walthers version is close but not exact for any subclass. More generic of the class. The F39, F39A and F39C were all welded, with a shallower fishbelley center sill, while the F39B was cast and had a deeper center sill with lightening holes in it. The F39, F39A, and F39B all had drop staff hand brakes, on the ends, unlike the F39C which had a side-mounted hand wheel brake, which I think the Walthers model has. Unfortunately, all F39C were built directly for Trailer Train by the PRR, so the Walthers model with side hand brake in PRR lettering, is wrong, but you can remove the side brake and add an end one and be accurate.

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

There were no members of class F39 on the PRR freight interchange roster in 1944, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1958,1963, or 1968.

Modeling Information:

F39HOOMI 3033PRR F39 Tructrain Flat Carbrass - rtr#470400-470599 Bethlehem Steel
F39HO395375' Piggyback car-PRRplasticwrong brake wheel-can be kitbashed to make subclasses

Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
TTX 471108F39cBuilders Photo, side view (E21270)Altoona, PA-PRR Photo (B&W), collection of Rob Schoenberg
TTX 471108F39cBuilders Photo, 3/4 view (E21270)Altoona, PA-PRR Photo (B&W), collection of Rob Schoenberg
TTX 471108F39cBuilders Photo, end view (E21270)Altoona, PA-PRR Photo (B&W), collection of Rob Schoenberg
PRR 470833F39aunrestoredSt. Louis Museum of Transportation8/1998John Caples

Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
F39aCars of the Pennsy57PRR 470600--7/55-
F39aPennsy Power 3414PRR 470428---w/ placard

Equipment Diagrams online:

Class(es)tracing #View

Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
F39,F39bArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 1104Shadow Key - F39, F39b shown
F39aPlanMainline Modeler-7/90


    There is an extensive article on the PRR truck trains in the Autumn, 1992 issue of the Keystone (Vol 25, No. 3).

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