In a message dated 2/1/2008 10:16:19 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com
Can anyone shed some light on PC F-7B 4156? I've seen a photo of it in
super shiny paint. It is equipped with a steam generator, but I'm not sure
if it was ever used in passenger service. Discovered it to be an ex-PRR
unit. Was this engine a back up passanger engine or they just never took
off the steam generator exhuast?
This was one of the ex-PRR passenger equipped F7Bs intended to run with the PRR FP7s. In PRR days they were used in both freight and passenger service.
By the time Penn Central came around they were strictly in freight service and PC just did not disconnect the steam generator and remove the stack.
The shiny PC black was probably just because it was freshly painted.
Which comes back to my earlier question - aside from 1482, 1501, 1905 (A units) and the 4153 (B unit), didn't any other PRR F7s get painted PC black? That's only 4 out of 76 that made it into the Penn Central...but didn't all four of the D&RGW F units get PC black? :)