General American/Evans GAEX boxcars


General information:

There were two production runs of these cars; 1950, and 1955. The major spotting difference is the 1955 run has the distinctive horizontal riveted seam in the side sheets half way between the side sill and the roof eave. Also the 1955 production run included some cars equipped with 7'7" plug doors, besides the "standard" 8' sliding door.

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)


Some stats:


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
GAEX4710047209XME/XL-----109138
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr


Modeling Information:

Branchline Trains
GAEXHO1020General American-Evans, leased to PRRplasticneeds Chrysler FR-5 trucks


Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
PC 264654GAEXex PRR 50' Green General American car (faded photo)Youngstown, OH??/7?Robert Dulovic, (Ektachrome) Collection of Ed Martin


Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
GAEXCFC vol 848PC 264680GAEX-PC--1950 production
GAEXKeystone Vol 14, #252PRR unkGAEX-PRR-1960's1950 production
GAEXKeystone Vol 14, #250GAEX 100022GAEX--1950 production
GAEXKeystone Vol 14, #251PC 264695GAEX-PRR--1950 production
GAEXKeystone Vol 21, #248PRR 47210GAEX-PRR-1969-
GAEXPC Color Guide48PC 264746GAEX-PCBelt Line Jct, PA6/20/761955 production, similar to car leased by PRR
GAEXPRR Color Guide Vol 194PRR 47136GAEX-PRR-1/61-
GAEXPRR Color Guide Vol 194PRR 47210GAEX-PRR-8/69-
GAEXPRR Color Guide Vol 247PRR 47133GAEX-PRR-5/62-
GAEXPRR Color Guide Vol 247PRR 47135GAEX-PRR-11/61-
GAEXPRR Color Guide Vol 247PRR 47158GAEX-PRR-11/69-
GAEXPRR Color Guide Vol 350PRR 47132GAEXEnola, PA3/1961-
GAEXRMJ, 3/9044GAEX 100022GAEX--1950 production, Leased to PRR
GAEXRMJ, 3/9046GAEX 100134GAEX--1955 production, Leased to PRR
GAEXRMJ, 4/9020PC 264671GAEX-PC--1950 production
GAEXRMJ, 4/9021PRR 47170GAEX-PRR--1950 production
GAEXRMJ, 4/9155GAEX 100091GAEX--1950 production, Leased to PRR
GAEXRMJ, 4/9156PRR 47126GAEX-PRR--1950 production
GAEXRMJ, 4/9156PRR 47222GAEX-PRR--1955 production
GAEXRMJ, 4/9164----photo of Chrysler FR5-D truck used on GAEX boxcars. (photo 14 at top left of page)


Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
GAEXClass DiagramKeystone Vol. 14, No. 251


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