The G22 was the next evolution in the PRR’s steel gondola fleet after the success of the GS. The G22 gondola was built from November 1915 to 1917. The G22 gondola had fleet modifications enacted to expand its versatility, this created the 2,150 of the G22a class, with drop-ends. However the vast majority of the G22a’s were rebuilt into straight G22 during the early 1940’s. Only 40 G22a remained in 1952 and none by the early 1960’s.
With the introduction of containers as a viable alternative for transporting powdered aggregate, conversions began in June 1930 of G22 gondolas to class G22b. These G22b were re-equipped with 100 ton trucks and could carry up to 12 containers. The G22b container gondolas were numbered in the 353000 series. In February 1958, 20 G22 were rebuilt into G22c class gondolas with extended sides of steel framing with wood planking, meant for scrap service. There were over 5,700 G22 class created in total. However, by the 1960’s the fleet dropped to several hundred. Many were relocated to MOW service for the PRR. Due to the specific service of the G22c, several were still in service up to the merger. The MOW service gondolas made it into Penn Central with a few lasting even into the Conrail era and painted in Conrail MOW paint.
This sheet has enough data to do 4 cars, with class data for 3 G22, 3 G22b, 1 G22a, and 1 G22c. There are six different reweigh/repack dates cover locations system wide and multiple re-weigh dates ranging from the mid-1930’s through to the late 1950’s.
The G22 Classes have been produced by in resin by Funaro & Camerlengo and Westerfield. Additionally, the G22 was imported in brass by Railworks.
For painting these gondolas in the Circle Keystone Monogram scheme (pre-1954), the entire car including underbody and trucks is to be painted in Freight Car Color.
For references in regard to the PRR's Gondola fleet please consult Pennsylvania Railroad Gondolas, Revenue & Work Equipment, 1869 to 1968 by Al Buchan and Elden Gatwood, and The Keystone, Vol 8 No. 2 both published by the PRRT&HS. and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.