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Built in 1912 at the PRR Altoona shops, the prototype battery-powered tractors served the Pennsylvania Railroad in Baltimore, MD and Jersey City, NJ, moving box cars in narrow city streets where standard locomotives could not be used. This model represents the switcher as it appeared from about the late 1920s to the early 1950s. The switchersbefore and after this time period featured different wheels and tires. Modifications in the mid-1950s also included conversion from electric to gas, when a large exhaust pipe was added to the roof. These tractors were often seen caked in heavy layers of dust, mud and grime, especially on the wheels and spokes.


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Slated for a 2015 release, the Precision Scale Company has announced two Pennsy projects in brass. Yes, brass!

The first is the massive S1 steam locomotive. It will be offered in several configurations, as follows:

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The Northern Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) will hold their quarterly chapter meeting on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

For its September meeting, the chapter will have a special guest, Brenda Yarrison. Brenda has been a re-enactor on the Steam Into History excursions and she recently authored a book entitled Tales Along the Tracks: Historical Stories from the Small Towns Along the York County Corridor of the Northern Central Railway. She will appear in period costume and will share her stories and sign books. Books will be available for $6 each.

The Northern Central Chapter meets at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 301 W. Philadelphia Street, York, Pa. Parking is around back, use the rear entrance, and proceed down the steps to the meeting room.

Meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us!

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The Phoebe Snow Company has worked with the Homer Laughlin China Company, one of the oldest and most famous producers of hotel and railroad dining car china, to reproduce the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway and Gotham patterns of dining car china. These pattern were used exclusively on the Broadway Limited. These patterns are the second generation used from 1949 onward.

The Gotham piece was only produced as a service plate that was removed from the table before the meal was served.

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To all New England Chapter, PRRT&HS Members…

Chapter Meeting – Saturday, September 20, 2014

Duffy's Tavern & Grill – Kennebunk, Maine

Seashore Trolley Museum – Kennebunkport, Maine

This is the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world with a collection of 250 transit vehicles. Within the collection are Long Island MP54 MU car #4137 and caboose #29.

We will meet at Duffy's Tavern & Grill (4 Main Street, Kennebunk) for lunch and our business meeting at 11am.

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