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Re: PC: Penn Central Highlight

Are you sure you saw a single SD7 in Baltimore? They usually operated in
pairs since PRR/PC only owned a pair of these with all others similar umts
as SD9's. They were assigned Madison Hill service and under CR were common
in Allentown and Bel-Del Line
----- Original Message -----
From: "weldon" <weldon -AT- fastol.com>
To: <penn-central -AT- smellycat.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 11:08 PM
Subject: Re: PC: Penn Central Highlight

> I was a wee lad when PC entered the scene, but as dad was a traffic
> I heard all about it.  He brought home a Tyco set, an F-7 A and B,
> incorrectly painted (Jade?) green.  I'm not sure, but I think it was a
> hand-out from the railroad directly post-merger when things like paint
> schemes probably weren't completely ironed out.  Is anyone familiar with
> this?  Or was it just another Tyco trash job that was generally marketed?
> I also remember seeing a PC SD-7 lurking around Penn Station in Baltimore
> the early 70's, and remembering how stately it looked in its grimy black,
> particularly when compared to the ridiculous paint job applied by Cheesy
> System at that time.
> My favorite paint schemes were the basic black ones.  NW, PC, Western
> Maryland, Southern (another twist on black/green) and of course, DLDG on
> Pennsy.  After the Conrail consolidation, I enjoyed seeing Reading, EL and
> LV motors in Baltimore, and the occassional CNJ.  But a pure lash-up of PC
> black was always the best.  Especially the E-44's.  About the only thing
> that black didn't do justice to was the GG1.  The sweeping lines and
> brilliant style of Loewy's masterpiece demanded a more ornate treatment
> the PC or Amtrak gave it.  Thank goodness 4935 was restored while it was
> still in service.  I recall seeing it many times at the Knecht Ave. grade
> crossing in southwest Baltimore late on a Friday night after a night of
> model railroading at the BSME.
> I think if Amtrak wants to draw a few more riders, they should apply some
> the classic streamline paint schemes to their newer equipment.  Imagine a
> Genesis diesel with an adaptation of the classic NYC lightning stripe? Or
> Acela set in Tuscan Red with 5 stripes?  The paint scheme they are now
> (wide blue stripe, narrow red stripe) makes me feel like I'm getting on a
> bus.
> My favorite PC scene, though, is a view of a GP30 waddling down an unkempt
> spur, knee high in weeds, with a covered hopper and an N5c in tow, working
> the trenches of branch line railroading.  It was not the glamour of the
> corridor, or the history of the Curve, or the Water Level Route, but it is
> so indicative of what caused the PC's failure, and how railroading has
> changed since.
> Lee
> -----Original Message-----
> From: FrancisinSunbury <RDGbuff -AT- webtv.net>
> To: penn-central -AT- smellycat.com <penn-central@smellycat.com>
> Cc: penn-central -AT- smellycat.com <penn-central@smellycat.com>
> Date: Thursday, June 15, 2000 10:04 PM
> Subject: Re: PC: Penn Central Highlight
> I kinda liked the PC because I saw my first "foreign" power on it.
> Couldn't wait to see those NYC engines.  Most I had ever seen was a CB&Q
> engine in red,gray, & white (GP-30 or GP 35???) on PRR and a B&O unit on
> the RDG.
> I always seemed to like the green freight cars.  I am not sure but the
> lighter green did not seem to be NYC jade green to me.  I don't know if
> it ever was meant to be or was.  Also, the green on the centerflows was
> a darker green.  Not sure anymore about the H-54s".   That is why I use
> Floquil PC green on gons and boxes.  I use Scalecoat PC green on the
> centerflows.  Thank Floquil for bringing the green back.  Oh yeah, the
> H-54s" are in the design (kitbashing) stage.  Undecided on green.
> Now a question---the yellow on PC ballast cars  (other M-O-W)---was it
> the same as PRR yellow?  Hints on what to use appreciated.  Have nine
> kitbashed MDC covered hoppers in the paint shop.
> RDGbuff

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