General information:

From: E.B. Levin - Shop ManagerConrail-Pavonia Diesel Terminal (Feb 17, 1998)

TP-1 and TM-1 were one of a kind car classes assembled by the PRR at Sam Rea(Hollidaysburg) in 1966. TM-1 was #500000 and TP-1 was #500001. The tankbodys were built by Berwick because the PRR shops were not AAR certified tankshops. The cars were assembled and painted at Sam Rea and then sent toAltoona where the lining was applied by Lithcote Company. The PRR conductedan employee contest to select names for the new equipment. "Rail Whale" wasselected. Both cars were placed into revenue service to demonstrate to thechemical industry that there were economic merits to shipping by rail in"super bulk" volume. The cars were generaly sucessful and ushered in manyinovations such as dual diameter tank construction, and the ASF three axleride control truck.

Car 500001 was conveyed to the Penn Central and was shopped and painted in1972. The car exchanged its two-tone PRR red and white scheme for a similarPC green and white two tone scheme. I do not know if the car was placed inrevenue service or was assigned to haul company diesel fuel. I came acrossthis car about six or seven years ago at the Conrail Flexi-Flow terminal inPhiladelphia. It was still in its PC green and white but the PRR keystone andlettering were clearly visable. The car was in stationary fuel service atthis facility. Recently Conrail sold this facility and the car was in dangerof being dismantled. I put a hold put on the car and had it assigned to thePavonia Diesel Terminal until I could arrange donation to the Railroad Museumof Pennsylvania. Thats where it wound up about two weeks ago.


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

There were no members of class TP1 on the PRR freight interchange roster in 1944, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1958,1963, or 1968.


Photos online:

Report MarkClassDescriptionLocationDatePhotographer
PRR 500001TP1at museum - in PC paintStrasburg, Pa.?Rob Schoenberg


Photos in print:

ClassPublicationPageCar NoSchemeLocationDateComments
TP1Cars of the Pennsy56PRR 500001PK-1/66-
TP1PC Color Guide108PC 79900PCHolidaysburg, PA4/72nee PRR 500001
TP1Pennsy Power 3427PRR 500001PK---
TP1PRR Color Guide Vol 1126PRR 500001--9/66-


Equipment Diagrams online:

Class(es)tracing #View
TP1E-600104elevation


Plans and diagrams in print:

Applicable ClassesTypePublicationPageDescriptionTracing Number
TP1Class DiagramPRR Pass. & Frt. Car Diagrams89


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