This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.
Starting in 1923, the PRR started upgrading it’s GL class cars by strengthening the underframe. The cars, however, did not receive a rebuilt date, instead retaining their original creation date. By July 1930, the quantity of GLc hoppers peaked at 19,149. In 1941, additional modifications were made converting GLc cars, to GLca cars. These modifications were completed to the class by 1946, with a total of 8,251 being rostered at that time. The last of the GLca’s remained on the roster until 1967.
GLc and GLca cars fell into many numbering blocks, with the most prominent being featured on the decal. This sheet has enough data to do 6 cars, with 3 GLc classes and 6 GLca. This allows you to choose what kind of ratio you’d like of hoppers for your fleet. There are six different reweigh/repack dates cover locations system wide and multiple re-weigh dates ranging from the mid-1930’s through to the late 1950’s.
The GLc Class has been produced by one brass importer, Railworks. The GLc and GLca classes have also been done in resin, with Westerfield doing both GLc and GLca and F&C doing the GLca.
For references in regard to the PRR's GLc and GLca Class Open Hopper Car fleet please consult Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Open Hopper Cars, by John Teichmoeller and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.