HO PRR MOW Black Lettering Decals Late Scheme (1960+)
This set was produced to introduce a more comprehensive set for these classes, which hadn't been done by previous manufacturers.
A railroad system as large as the PRR had a huge amount of equipment used in the maintenance of the railroad. It used what it needed from its revenue service fleet as well as converting older obsolete freight cars into more usable MOW service cars, such as the XL camp cars. This decal set is intended to cover the majority of the PRR MOW fleet as would have been seen after 1960 when lettering styles changed to a more conservative amount of lettering. A vast majority of the PRR MOW fleet stayed in this scheme through Penn Central and even into Conrail.
This sheet has enough data to do 17 cars, Typically there is enough data for 2 cars of each generic type. (Camp Car, Gondola, Flatcar, etc.) The vast majority of the fleet did not have any end numbers. However, photo verification is encouraged.
The XL, X23 and NX23 Camp Cars, GR, GRa, and G22 have been done in resin kit form by Westerfield. The X28a, FM, GR, and GRa have been done in resin kit form by F&C. The FM has been done in resin kit form by Sunshine. The X29 has been done in plastic kit form by Red Caboose and is available through Intermountain. The GLa and F30a have been done in plastic kit form by Bowser. The various heavyweight passengers cars converted to MOW service have been produced by various manufacturers including Bachman and Branchline. To date (2014), the FGR, FGRa, FXL, FXL1, G26s, G31, H21L, and XL Flanger have not been manufactured in any form.
For references in regard to the PRR's MOW fleet please consult the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society's publications, Pennsylvania Railroad Flat Cars, Revenue & Work Equipment, 1881-1968, by Elden Gatwood and Al Buchan, Pennsylvania Railroad Gondolas, Revenue & Work Equipment, 1869 to 1968 by Al Buchan and Elden Gatwood; PW&B, PB&W and PRR Company Service Cars, compiled by Richard E. Hall and published by the Wilmington Chapter, National Railway Historical Society; “Work Trains, Wreck Trains and Camp Cars” series by Al Buchan published in Model
Railroading Magazine issues Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec 1995, Jan/1996 available online at www.trainlife.com and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide published by Morning Sun Books.