The PRR received cars from the 1950 production run in series PRR 47100-47209 (ex-GAEX 100000-100109, future PC 264651-264789), and cars from the 1955 production run in series PRR 47210-47229 (not sure of the GAEX series #s). Since both runs were essentially the same, they were combined in the ORERs into series PRR 47100-47249; at least they are in the Apr 1969 issue I have, in the PRR reporting marks section of the PC listing, with the 1955 cars identified as having a slightly higher CAPY.
The roof on both 1950 and 1955 run cars was diagonal panel, and all that I know of had interim improved Dreadnaught ends.
The trucks on these cars were Chrysler FR-5 series, developed jointly between Symington-Gould and Chrysler Corp., which basically looked like a regular AAR standard truck (AKA: "Bettendorf") with a shock absorber (snubber). I don't know of any HO scale trucks made to represent this style, but perhaps it could be sort of kit bashed.
Many would agree and probably as many would disagree that these were REA green. Dark and medium are the terms most people seem to use. I have samples of the last two actual REA colors, but not of the GAEX cars, so I'm not going to try to say if they match or not.
When the cars were turned over to the railroads from GAEX, they were repaired and repainted to the dark green, and the new owner's reporting marks, monogram as applicable, etc., were applied. The reporting marks were in white stenciling, rather than the yellow used by GAEX. To me, in the Pennsy's era of deferring maintenance, and everything else to cut costs, it would seem more logical that this would be the reason they were never painted into PRR freight car red, rather than to maintain a separate identity as having the "DF" loaders. This is pure speculation on my part.
Railmodel Journal published some good articles on these cars a few years back. Look in issues dated 3/90, 4/90, 6/90, 9/90, 4/91, and 2/92 for both the articles and miscellaneous photos. There is at least one shot of each production run car in PRR paint among them.
(The above was submitted by Chuck Friedlein)
|Class||Car||Number||AAR Class||PRR Oct 44||PRR Oct 48||PRR Apr 52||PRR Oct 53||PRR Oct 58||PRR Oct 63||PRR Apr 68|
|Roster data compiled by Rich Orr|
|GAEX||HO||1020||General American-Evans, leased to PRR||plastic||needs Chrysler FR-5 trucks|
|PC 264654||GAEX||ex PRR 50' Green General American car (faded photo)||Youngstown, OH||??/7?||Robert Dulovic, (Ektachrome) Collection of Ed Martin|
|GAEX||CFC vol 8||48||PC 264680||GAEX-PC||-||-||1950 production|
|GAEX||Keystone Vol 14, #2||52||PRR unk||GAEX-PRR||-||1960's||1950 production|
|GAEX||Keystone Vol 14, #2||50||GAEX 100022||GAEX||-||-||1950 production|
|GAEX||Keystone Vol 14, #2||51||PC 264695||GAEX-PRR||-||-||1950 production|
|GAEX||Keystone Vol 21, #2||48||PRR 47210||GAEX-PRR||-||1969||-|
|GAEX||PC Color Guide||48||PC 264746||GAEX-PC||Belt Line Jct, PA||6/20/76||1955 production, similar to car leased by PRR|
|GAEX||PRR Color Guide Vol 1||94||PRR 47136||GAEX-PRR||-||1/61||-|
|GAEX||PRR Color Guide Vol 1||94||PRR 47210||GAEX-PRR||-||8/69||-|
|GAEX||PRR Color Guide Vol 2||47||PRR 47133||GAEX-PRR||-||5/62||-|
|GAEX||PRR Color Guide Vol 2||47||PRR 47135||GAEX-PRR||-||11/61||-|
|GAEX||PRR Color Guide Vol 2||47||PRR 47158||GAEX-PRR||-||11/69||-|
|GAEX||PRR Color Guide Vol 3||50||PRR 47132||GAEX||Enola, PA||3/1961||-|
|GAEX||RMJ, 3/90||44||GAEX 100022||GAEX||-||-||1950 production, Leased to PRR|
|GAEX||RMJ, 3/90||46||GAEX 100134||GAEX||-||-||1955 production, Leased to PRR|
|GAEX||RMJ, 4/90||20||PC 264671||GAEX-PC||-||-||1950 production|
|GAEX||RMJ, 4/90||21||PRR 47170||GAEX-PRR||-||-||1950 production|
|GAEX||RMJ, 4/91||55||GAEX 100091||GAEX||-||-||1950 production, Leased to PRR|
|GAEX||RMJ, 4/91||56||PRR 47126||GAEX-PRR||-||-||1950 production|
|GAEX||RMJ, 4/91||56||PRR 47222||GAEX-PRR||-||-||1955 production|
|GAEX||RMJ, 4/91||64||-||-||-||-||photo of Chrysler FR5-D truck used on GAEX boxcars. (photo 14 at top left of page)|
|Applicable Classes||Type||Publication||Page||Description||Tracing Number|
|GAEX||Class Diagram||Keystone Vol. 14, No. 2||51|