The PRR started building the F41 class of flatcars between December 1955 and May 1956 and they were the first post-war 50 foot flatcar for the railroad. They utilized integral cast steel underframes by General Steel Castings (GSC). The F41 flatcars cars had a 70 ton capacity and measured 53’6” long over end sills.
The F41 was a unique design amongst other 53’6” flatcars in how the bolster and deck were exposed on the deck, which also varied between classes. Between August and December 1959 and additional 300 cars designated as F41B were built. Finally an
additional fifty cars were built in April 1962. The F41A flatcar class were F41 class flatcars modified with bulkheads. The entire fleet totaled 1,050 cars. The entirety of the fleet last into Penn Central, with many cars retaining as-built lettering into Conrail.
This sheet has enough data to do 3 cars, with 1 F41 class, 1 F41B class, and F41D class. There are six different reweigh locations and nine different reweigh dates. The F41, F41B, F41D flatcars have been produced as a 3D printed kit by Plate C Model Prototypes.
For painting instructions for any of these flatcars, the car body should be Freight Car Color. The trucks are black.
For references in regard to the PRR's F41 Flatcar fleet please consult Pennsylvania Railroad Flatcars, Revenue & Work Equipment, 1869 to 1968 by Al Buchan and Elden Gatwood published by the PRRT&HS. Also, further picture references can be found in Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guides published by Morning Sun Books.
A thank you for assistance in creating this set is extended to Adam Chilcote, owner of Plate C Model Prototypes for providing side profiles of his 3D printed car kits to make lettering diagrams easier to create.
Decal sheet is shown as black lettering on a white background for clarity. Actual decals are white for application to a painted model.