Mount Vernon Shops has released HO scale decals for PRR trailers in the pre-1960 scheme. Owner John Frantz writes:
This set was produced to introduce a more comprehensive set for this equipment, which hadn't been done by previous manufacturers.
The PRR had learned from its early container service that customers wanted a more mobile way to transport their goods. After overcoming some regulation hurdles in the early 1950’s, the PRR started offering trailer services where the goods would be moved by truck to a rail terminal then the trailer transported on a flatcar to be offloaded and delivered to its final destination. Initially starting with 30 foot trailers, they grew as the needs of customers did. Because of this variation in size, the lettering also varied.
When painting, the vast majority of the trailer bodies were painted red, underframe and tire rims were yellow, then lettering was applied as appropriate. All lettering on the trailers was yellow, outlined in white for greater visibility.
This decal set is good for all trailer schemes prior to 1960, when they switched to a more simplified scheme. This sheet has enough data to do 3 different trailer scheme variations. The use of photos for reference is highly encouraged.
For references in regard to the PRR's pre-1960 Trailer fleet please consult the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society's publications, The Keystone, Volume 25 No. 3, and The Keystone Modeler, numbers 85, 86, 87 and 91.
A special thanks to Curt LaRue for his encouragement and assistance in creating this decal set.
The MSRP is $7 per sheet.