Re: PRR GL car

Benjamin Hom

Elden Gatwood wrote:
"Here is an interesting shot:

....and the fact that they deliberately call it a "relic"?

Check out those interior brackets, and dual brake wheels..."

Eric Neubauer replied:
"If it was taken in 1939, the car has apparently been back dated as a historical item. Before 1911, two hand brakes weren't uncommon. Of course, the second hand brake was made obsolete by the 1911 Safety Appliance Act. I've always figured the brackets were there to allow a man to pass from one end to the other when the car was empty. I could
see brackets like that being used a lot on those many short coal delivery sidings along the Reading's elevated line into Reading Terminal. Note that the car lacks a side plate and that the top of the side sheets were bent over to form a flange, and early PSC trait. If the number (pre 1905 renumbering) is correct, the car is from the very first PRR order for GLs."

The Pennsy maintained a historical rolling stock collection which surprisingly survived the Penn Central bankruptcy, and was donated by PC to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  PRR 33164 is on display inside the museum.

Ben Hom

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