UMTRR 2000.11 (10)
- The Unofficial Micro-Trains� Release Report
Copyright (C) 2000, George J. Irwin.
Z SCALE NEW RELEASES:
17009, $42.75, Marklin Coupler; 17009-2, $44.45, Micro-Trains
F-7B Locomotive, Pennsylvania.� Freight Scheme of Brunswick
Green (black, really) with yellow lettering and single stripe.� Road
Number 9648B (will be PRR 9648B in website listing).� Approximate Time
Period: early 1950's to late 1960's.
There were a total of 1483 F7B units sold by Electro-Motive, and
the 76 units purchased by the Pennsylvania gave them just over 5% of the
total run.� Although the Pennsy was well known in railroading as sampling at
least one of just about anything (a 1:1 accumulator, perhaps?) it did
settle in with about enough of the F series locomotives to constitute a
fleet.� They could be found all over the place on the line, with the
possible exception of the electrified Northeast Corridor territory.�
The B units came in handy to increment the amount of horsepower by 1500
without adding engineers; A-B-B-B-A sets were not out of the question, and
I'd wager that that was nowhere near the record.�
MTL's second paint scheme for the relatively new unpowered B
unit comes in the as delivered Brunswick Green livery; the Pennsy's
official color for freight service locomotives and also for passenger
diesels until the early 1950's.� Ever see a Pennsy E8 in Brunswick Green?�
Photos exist!� There's one in the Morning Sun book "Hudson to Horseshoe" by
William D. Volkmer.
To get an idea of what the "P" Company's F units might have been pulling,
check out http//www.neuro.ccf.org/~bejm/Rail/Prr/Frtsched/
which is a compendium of 1959 PRR Freight Schedules that is part of Mark
Bej's "The Broad Way" Pennsy site.
Z SCALE REPRINTS: No releases this month.
FINALLY... YOU DIDN'T THINK I'D FORGET, DID YOU?� Forget what?
Forget that November is National Model Railroading Month!�
And you won't escape the annual plug, request, entreaty,
whatever, from here at UMTRR HQ to all of you in cyberspace, to do what you
can during this month to establish or encourage a new entrant into our
hobby.� There are a variety of ways to do this, not the least of which is
dragging... I mean, inviting the potential recruit to a local train show,
particularly if it has operating displays.� There are other ideas as well,
many of which are cheap if not entirely free. And if you're like me,
you've got a pile of stuff you've outgrown that might be just the ticket to
get a youngster started.� So that's your homework assignment for the month;
meanwhile, we'll see you during the month on the companion mailing list
email@example.com and right
here next month with another bunch of news and views.� Until then, enjoy the
Thanksgiving holiday and do the best you can!
--George in Ellison Park, New York
--Author, The Unofficial Micro-Trains Release Report
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