H30 3 bay covered hoppers


General information:

The 1951-built cars had a 5-ton greater capacity than the earlier cars,as well as slightly different roof rivet positions and hatch details.Source: C.R. Yungkurth, MR 10/81 "Pennsylvania H30A covered hoppers"

During the '60's, the capacity of the remaining cars was increased to 77tons from 70, probably by changing trucks.Source: Bill Metzger, NE Rails July 1980 "Pennsylvania H30 Covered Hopper"

(Information supplied by Scott Heiden)


Some stats:

ClassH30H30a
Diagram?yesyes
TypeCoveredCovered
Capacity140,000140,000
Weight50,00050,000
Capacity box1,9731,973
# Panels66
Side Typegirdergirder
# bays33
Inside Length31' 0"31' 0"
Length Over Sills37' 0"37' 0"
Truck Centers27' 0"27' 0"
Inside Width9' 10-5/8"9' 10-5/8"
Extreme Width10' 5"10' 5"
Height11' 3"11' 6-3/8"
Comments Cast Bolsters welded bolsters (most)


Types of trucks used

ClassCarNumbersTruck ClassTruck NameQty cars:
H302542512543502E-F2Crown100
H302543512544502E-F10Double Truss100
H302544512545502E-F11National100
H302545512546502E-F12Young100
H302546512549502E-F15Young300
H302549512550262E-F14National76
H302550272550502E-F4A 24
H302550512552752E-F15Young225
H302552762555752E-f22A.S.F. Ride control300
H30  2E-F2Crown  
H30  2E-F2a  
H30  2E-F10Double Truss  
H30  2E-F11National  
H30  2E-F12Young  
H30  2E-F14National  
H30  2E-F15Young  
H30 1946  2E-F21National type B-1  
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
H30254251255575LO102513251325132512971292938
H30a255576255825LO--224250250250240
Roster data compiled by Rich Orr


Modeling Information:

Funaro & Camerlengo
H30HO6840PRR H30 Covered Hopper - White Circle Keystone Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30HO6841PRR H30 Covered Hopper - Black Circle Keystone Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30HO6842PRR H30 Covered Hopper - Shadow Keystone Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30HO6843PRR H30 Covered Hopper - Plain Keystone Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30HO6844PRR H30 Covered Hopper - White Penn Central Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30HO6845PRR H30 Covered Hopper - Black Penn Central Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30001PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Less Decals resin kit-
H30aHO30010PRR H30A Covered Hopper - White Steam Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30020PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Shadow Keystone Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30030PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Penn Central White Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30040PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Black Steam Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30050PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Conrail Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30060PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Penn Central Black Decals resin kit w/ decals-
H30aHO30070PRR H30A Covered Hopper - Plain Keystone Decals resin kit w/ decals-
Nickle Plate Products
H30aHO-Pennsylvania H30a Covered Hopper Carbrass - rtr-
Oriental Limited
H30HO?PRR H30 Covered Hopperbrass - rtr-


Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
PRR 254351H30---PRR Photo (B&W) from Modern Locos & Cars 1939
PRR 254252H30builders photo end view-?PRR photo (B&W)
PRR 254252H30builders photo (E10005)-5/24/35PRR photo (B&W)
PRR 488053, PRR 498059H30488053 is freight car color, 498059 is MOW yellowConway Yard, Conway, PA7/3/75Ed Martin (Kodachrome 64)


Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
H30Cars of the Pennsy53PRR 254252PK-5/35-
H30Keystone Vol 35, #222PRR 254821CK---
H30Keystone Vol 35, #223PRR 255284CKZanesville, OH1954-
H30Keystone Vol 35, #228PRR 254306SK1b---
H30Keystone Vol 35, #228PRR 254554SK1bBound Brook, NJ10/1972-
H30Keystone Vol 35, #228PRR 255323CK---
H30Keystone Vol 35, #238PRR 155409PKCamden, NJ--
H30Keystone Vol 35, #245PRR 255656SK2b---
H30Keystone Vol 35, #248PRR 254772PK---
H30Model Railroader, 10/8166PC 875304PC grn?late 70's?PC green paint-stencilled 'grain load only'
H30Model Railroader, 10/8166PRR 255552PRR red?50's?orig PRR red w/white ball keystone
H30Model Railroader, 10/8167PRR 255105PRR gry?late 50's?PRR grey-shadow keystone
H30PC Color Guide120PC 32308PCMingo Jct, OH9/28/78company stores service, nee PRR ??????
H30Pennsy Power 3408PRR 254821CK---
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 1112PRR 255419PK-6/73sand service
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 1112PRR 498057PK-mow-4/73sand service
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 1112PRR 498058PK-S-8/73sand service
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 2113PRR 498053----
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 265PRR 254306SK1b---
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 265PRR 254523PK---
H30PRR Color Guide Vol 265PRR 254824PK-1/80-
H30Rails Northeast, 7/806PRR 254390PRR gryHollidaysburg, PAlate 70's?scrap line
H30Rails Northeast, 7/806PRR 255771PRR redHollidaysburg, PAlate 70's?scrap line
H30Rails Northeast, 7/807PC 33806PC co.gryOlean, NY70's?sand serv-PC Williamsport Div-Dual Control trucks (Also has shots of both ends of this car as well)
H30Rails Northeast, 7/807PC 33807PC co.gryRenovo, PA70's?sand serv-PC Williamsport Div-Andrews Trucks
H30aKeystone Vol 35, #222PRR 255576CK---
H30aKeystone Vol 35, #228PRR 255750CKRRM of PA-restored
H30aKeystone Vol 35, #247PRR 255808SK2bLogansport10/1982-
H30aKeystone Vol 35, #261PRR 255713PK---
H30aModel Railroader, 10/8166CR 878666CR red?after 78?CR red paint- stencilled 'grain load only'
H30aPRR Color Guide Vol 266PRR 255763PK-2/65-
H30aPRR Color Guide Vol 266PRR 255808SK2b-3/83-
H30aRails Northeast, 7/806PRR 255707PRR gry2Camp Hill, PA yd1980last PRR scheme
H30aRails Northeast, 7/807PRR 498054PRR co.red?late 70's?PRR co.sand serv./RB converted trucks
H30aRails Northeast, 7/808CR 878510CR grey?1980?Early CR revenue paint scheme-friction bearing trucks?( listed in 1979 ORER as a H40- but photos don't lie!)
H30bRails Northeast, 7/808CR 74004CR co.gry?late 70's?sand serv-CR grey co. paint-RB converted trucks
H30bRails Northeast, 7/808PC 32301PC co.grnMingo Jct70's?sand serv-PC green w/'S'-RB converted trucks


Equipment Diagrams online:

Class(es)tracing #View
H30E-405854elevation
H30a453879elevation


Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
H30, H30aArrangement of LetteringKeystone Vol. 35, No. 230SK1bD454476-C
H30, H30aArrangement of LetteringKeystone Vol. 35, No. 250PKD458635-B
H30, H31, H30aLettering DiagramKeystone Vol. 35, No. 224CKD406330-K
H30,H30aArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 167Shadow Key - H30 shown
H30,H30aArrangement of LetteringPRR Compendium Vol 172Plain key - H30 shown
H30aClass DiagramPRR Pass. & Frt. Car Diagrams87

H30aPlanModel Railroader-10/81Nos.255576-255825 covered hopper


References:

  • MR 10/81 - Pennsylvania H30a Covered Hoppers (C.R. Yungkurth)
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  • RNE 7/80 - PRR H30 Covered Hoppers (Metzger, Bill)
      roster, descr, photos


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