PRR Class GS and subclasses - 40' Steel Gondolas


General information:

Information in this section is exerpted from posts to the freight cars mailing list by Eric Neubauer,Ian Clasper, John Keel, Al Westerfield, Rich Orr and Richard Hendrickson.)


Some stats:

ClassGSGSaGScGSdGSgGShGSx
Diagram?yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
ModelBowserBowser---Yankee Clipper-
Comments-------
Capcy100,000100,000100,000100,000100,000100,000100,000
Weight38,90038,90039,80040,00040,20039,60039,850
Capcy box1,3311,3311,3611,3791,2351,3531,589
Capcy heap265265261265265295283
Sidessteelsteelsteelsteelsteelsteelsteel
Floorsteelsteelsteel?woodsteel?
Endsfixedfixedfixedfixedfixedfixedfixed
Sillstraightstraightstraightstraightstraightstraightstraight
Underframefish bellyfish bellyfish bellyfish bellyfish bellyfish bellystraight
I.L.38' 2-1/2"38' 2-1/2"37' 8"38' 2-1/2"38' 2-1/2"38' 2-1/2"40' 0"
I.W.9' 3-1/2"9' 3-1/2"9' 3-1/2"9' 4"9' 3-1/2"9' 3-1/2"9' 5-5/8"
I.H3' 9"3' 9"3' 9"3' 5-3/4"3' 9-3/4"4' 2"
Truck center30' 0"30' 0"30' 0"30' 0"30' 0"30' 0"28' 9"
length over strikers40' 0"40' 0"40' 0"40' 0"40' 0"40' 0"40' 9"
coupled length42' 6"42' 6"41' 11"42' 6"41' 11"42' 6"43' 2"
panels11111111111115
height7' 1-3/4"7' 1-3/4"7' 1-3/4"7' 1-3/4"7' 1-3/4"7' 2-1/2"7' 11-3/4"
width extreme10' 0" 10' 0" 10' 0" 10' 0" 10' 0" 11' 0" 10' 1"


Types of trucks used

ClassCarNumbersTruck ClassTruck NameQty cars:
GS  2D-F1Arch Bar  
GS  2D-F2Crown  
GS  2D-F8P.R.R.  
GSa  2D-F1Arch Bar  
GSa  2D-F2Crown  
GSa  2D-F8P.R.R.  
GSc  2D-F1Arch Bar  
GSc  2D-F2Crown  
GSc  2D-F8P.R.R.  
GSd  2D-F1Arch Bar  
GSd  2D-F2Crown  
GSd  2D-F8P.R.R.  
GSx  2D-F1Arch Bar  
GSx  2D-F2Crown  
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
GS279856279871GB1011-----
GS287591305732GB GBS143919417700243121281
GS321323325000GB2849186414446162-
GS350719351472GB64740532114--
GS350719351472GBS-1111--
GS360309360500GB1579881---
GS370032370087GB4733211--
GS379954380000GB30241----
GS380152381994GB131583067251241
GS750001750528GB46230626105--
GS771134771143GB95-----
GS775001775196GB18612051---
GS793374793458GB59403-22-
GS795001795308GB2651681243--
GS799556799567GB96-----
GS800001801000GB72745526115--
GS810001810281GB224151113---
GS823157823184GB17122----
GS825001825065GB61462----
GS839270839327GB39274----
GS840001840002GB221----
GS854248854282GB221711---
GS855001856000GB GBS9376153812711
GS859812862873GB GBS2182139510840235-
GS876701876800GB482931---
GS876901877200GB187107421--
GS880001880025GB1412-----
GS880501880900GB GBS18712314311-
GS881501881700GB13980531--
GS882001882512GB36123816622-
GS GSx881201881422GB16185931--
GSa279856279871HE1------
GSa854248854282HE2------
GSa GSd859812862873HE195-----
GSa GSd321323325000HE114-----
GSa GSd380152381994HE71-----
GSa GSd855001856000HE31-----
GSd287591305732HE1081411---
GSd350719351472HE7------
GSd360309360500HE3------
GSd370032370087HE21-----
GSd750001750528HE31-----
GSd775001775196HE1------
GSd795001795308HE11-----
GSd800001801000HE3------
GSd810001810281HE1------
GSd876701876800HE1------
GSg289639-GB1111---
GSh390151406002GBNEW893337801510-
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr


Modeling Information:

Accurail
GShHO370741' AAR Steel Gondolaplasticstand in at best
Bowser
GSHO55900GS - Undecoratedplastic kit w/ molded on detail-
GSHO55901GS - Pennsylvaniaplastic kit w/ molded on detailneeds 'K' brakes
GSHO55902GS - Circle Keystoneplastic kit w/ molded on detail-
GShHO55903GS - Shadow Keystoneplastic kit w/ molded on detail-
Funaro & Camerlengo
GSHO6530PRR "GS" 38 Steel Gondola - Kit Contains 2 Cars and Decals resin kit w/ decals-
GShHO6531PRR "GSH" 38 Steel Gondola - Kit Contains 2 Cars and Decals resin kit w/ decals-
Sunshine
GSHO53.1GS gondola w/ stake brackets, CK decalsresin kit w/ decals-
GSHO53.2GS gondola w/ stake brackets, CK decals, w/ tire load & bandingresin kit w/ decals-
GSHO53.3GS gondola w/ stake brackets, CK decals, w/ deck bridge "X" frames & ladingresin kit w/ decals-
GShHO53.4GSh gondola w/ stake brackets, CK decalsresin kit w/ decals-
GShHO53.5GSh gondola w/ stake brackets, CK decals, w/ tire load & bandingresin kit w/ decals-
GShHO53.6GSh gondola w/ stake brackets, CK decals, w/ deck bridge "X" frames & ladingresin kit w/ decals-
Yankee Clipper
GShHOPRR3900PRR GSH Steel Gondolasresin kit w/ decals-

Address for Yankee Clipper Models is PO Box 412, Grafton, MA, 01519.

Some comments about the Bowser Model from the Freight Cars List:
The Gs and GSa were built with the brake wheel on the right. Bowser made the rebuilt GSa (at least they now claim it is a GSa) but kept the brake wheel in the original position. The result is all the brake rigging is wrong. Based on very sketchy and questionable information, they may have an argument for this configuration if they had kept the KC brake system parts rather than using the AB system. Also, the end beam is a strange shape, with tapered ends, and requires squaring up.The poling sockets are also incorrect, and need changing.
(Information in this section was exerpted from posts to the Freight cars list from Rich Orr and Ian Clasper)


Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
PRR 290148GSD---PRR Photo (B&W) from Modern Cars & Locos 1926
PRR 302520GSbuilders photo--Pennsylvania Railroad


Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
GSKeystone Vol 7, #37PRR 381869CK-1943-


Equipment Diagrams online:

Class(es)tracing #View
GSN-49-Aelevation
GS-elevation
GSaN-159-Belevation
GSa-elevation
GSa coke-elevation
GSa,GSd coke-elevation
GSa,GSd coke26890elevation
GS,GSaE-71579-Belevation
GSbN-158-Belevation
GSb-elevation
GScN-157-Belevation
GSc-elevation
GScE-71579elevation
GScE-71579-Belevation
GSdN-241-Aelevation
GSd-elevation
GSdE-77486elevation
GSdE-442739elevation
GSdE-442739-B,Aelevation
GSgE-426736elevation
GShE-454797-Aelevation
GSxN-194-Belevation
GSxE-66490elevation
GS-4E-439240-Aelevation


Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
GS,GSA,GSCPlanMainline Modeler-1/91

GS,GSHArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 140Shadow Key - GS shown
GSd,GShPlanMainline Modeler-12/90

GShPlanModel Railroader-6/44247#392548


References:

  • RNE 9/78 - Coal Car Equiptment-PRR (PRR)
      Photo, plan, diagram, GLA, GS
  • KEY / - Snapper-Info Exch Q121 (Witmer, Captain JRN)
      What number series did GS gons have in MOW service?
    Mainline Modeller Dec 1990 & Jan 1991.


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